Correlates of reproductive coercion among college women in abusive relationships: baseline data from the college safety study

Karen Trister Grace, Nancy A. Perrin, Amber Clough, Elizabeth Miller, Nancy E. Glass

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine correlates of reproductive coercion (RC) among a sample of college women in abusive relationships. Participants: 354 college students reporting a recent history of intimate partner violence (IPV). Methods: This study examines baseline data from a randomized controlled trial testing effectiveness of an interactive safety decision aid (myPlan). Results: Almost a quarter (24.3%) of the sample reported RC. Associated factors included races other than White (p = 0.019), relationship instability (p = 0.022), missing class due to relationship problems (p = 0.001), IPV severity (p < 0.001), technology abuse (p < 0.001), traumatic brain injury-associated events (p < 0.001), and depression (p = 0.024). Conclusions: RC was a significant predictor of depression, with implications for providers working with abused college women regarding the need for mental health services concurrent with IPV/RC services. A larger proportion of women who experienced RC sought help from a healthcare provider for contraception, which suggests intervention opportunities for college health providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Depression
  • intimate partner violence
  • reproductive coercion
  • sexual violence
  • traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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