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Frequency of intimate partner violence and rural women's mental health in four Indian states

TitleFrequency of intimate partner violence and rural women's mental health in four Indian states
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsStephenson, R, Winter, A, Hindin, M
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume19
Pagination1133-50
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number1552-8448 (Electronic)1077-8012 (Linking)
Accession Number24142954
Keywords*Battered Women, *Mental Health, *Rape, *Spouse Abuse, *Women's Health, Adolescent, Adult, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, India, Male, Marital Status, Mental Disorders/*etiology, Middle Aged, Risk Factors, Rural Population, Young Adult
Abstract

This study examines the association between self-reported frequency of verbal, physical, and sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) and mental health among 6,303 rural married women (age 15-49), in four Indian states: Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. Data are taken from the 2002-2003 National Family Health Survey-2 Follow-Up Survey. The results indicate that experiencing physical, verbal, or sexual IPV is associated with an increased risk of adverse mental health outcomes. Our results provide support for the importance of screening for IPV in mental health settings, especially in resource-poor settings where both IPV and mental health are often overlooked.