PS15: HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AGAINST MARRIED WOMEN: A POPULATION-BASED STUDY IN NORTHERN IRAN

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AUTHORS
Reza Ahmadi1, Robabe Soleimani1, Azadeh Yousefnezhad1

1Guilan University of Medical Science, Department of Psychiatry, Rasht, Iran

ABSTRACT DESCRIPTION

The effects of different types of intimate partner violence (IPV) on Received 8 April 2016 mental health are understudied. The aim of this study was to analyse accepted 15 November 2016 the association between women’s mental health and physical, psychological and sexual IPV. We invited subjects of a population – intimate partner violence; based survey conducted in 2015 in Rasht, Iran, on IPV against women domestic violence; iran; to complete the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28). The present mental health; risk factors research study is a secondary study based on these data and archival data from the 2015 study. For analysis, multivariate analysis of covariance was used. Additionally, predictors of IPV were evaluated using linear regression. A total of 2091 married women were surveyed. The participants were divided into abused women (n = 512, 24.5%) and non-abused women (n = 1579, 75.5%). The pattern of IPV among our patients showed more instances of psychological aggression than physical assault, sexual coercion or injury. Our results show that the non-psychotic psychiatric disorders of the victims were significantly impaired in all aspects, including somatic symptoms, anxiety/insomnia, social dysfunction, and depression. Except social dysfunction, the psychological and sexual abuse were significant predictors of other aspects of mental health. Our findings suggest that risk of IPV is high in this population. They also indicate that various forms of abuse are different from each other in terms of predicting a victim’s mental health. Different strategies may be required to reduce and prevent this violence. Additional research is needed to confirm and expand upon our findings.

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