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Title: Factors that mediate the relationship between intimate partner violence and mental health among mid-aged Australian women
Contributor(s): Loxton, D (author); Schofield, Margot Jocelyn (author); Hussain, Rafat (author)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been consistently associated with poorer mental health among women. The current study investigated the status of demographic and psychosocial variables as mediators in the relationship between IPV and poorer health among 14,100 mid-aged Australian women participating in the first survey of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Increased stress, a higher number of life events, and lower social support were found to mediate the relationship between lifetime experiences of IPV and poorer mental health. Qualitative interviews conducted with a subset of ALSWH participants showed the complex ways in which these indirect pathways to poorer health have occurred for women who have lived with IPV. Quantitative results implied that interventions designed to mitigate the impact of stress and stressful life events, and to increase social support might assist with improving mental health outcomes among women who have experienced IPV. However, qualitative results indicated that such interventions may need to take into account the factors that underlie the occurrence of psychosocial mediators in order to be maximally effective.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 5th Australian Women's Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 20th - 22nd April, 2005
Source of Publication: 5th Australian Women's Health Conference Presentations
Publisher: Women's Health Australia
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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