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NCJ Number: 228651 Find in a Library
Title: Men's and Women's Childhood Sexual Abuse and Victimization in Adult Partner Relationships: A Study of Risk Factors
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:638-647
Author(s): Isabelle Daigneault; Martine Hebert; Pierre McDuff
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Canadian study sought to determine which risk factors were related to multiple types of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Abstract: Results of this study indicate that (1) adult women in Canada present a higher prevalence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and physical and sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) than men; (2) a history of CSA is associated with a greater risk of being victim of psychological, physical, and sexual violence by one’s intimate partner; and (3) for women with a history of CSA, the odds of reporting IPV decreased with age, while they increased with more recent, and current relationships and with the presence of limitations in everyday activities due to physical or mental condition or chronic illness. The findings, overall, suggest that CSA is associated with a greater risk of all types of IPV, and found most consistently for women compared to men. Identifying factors related to an increased risk of IPV for both men and women with and without a history of CSA, may lead to the development of more effective prevention programming. The purpose of this study was to document the prevalence of CSA, childhood physical assault, psychological, physical and sexual IPV, assess the predictive value of CSA and other characteristics of respondents to their current partners as potential risk factors for IPV, and assess factors predicting IPV in adulthood in women reporting CSA in a nationally representative sample of 16,993 Canadian men and women. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Dangerousness; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Victimization; Victimization risk
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