Frequency of Intimate Partner Violence and Rural Women's Mental Health in Four Indian States

Rob Stephenson, Amy Winter, Michelle Hindin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1150
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • India
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • mental health
  • rural
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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