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The longitudinal association of adolescent dating violence with psychiatric disorders and functioning

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posted on 2009-12-01, 00:00 authored by A Brown, E Cosgrave, E Killackey, R Purcell, J Buckby, Alison YungAlison Yung
While the prevalence, correlates and mental health impacts of intimate partner violence are well documented in adolescents and young adults, fewer studies have considered physical dating violence among clinical samples of help-seeking young people. In a sample of 98 young people aged 15-24 years (54% females) referred to a specialist public youth mental health service, we examined the 12-month prevalence of physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner and its relationship with psychiatric disorders and psychosocial functioning. The reported prevalence of dating violence in the 12 months prior to referral was 13%. Physical dating violence reported at referral was associated with poorer psychosocial functioning, substance dependence and comorbid Axis I diagnoses at 6-month follow-up. These findings suggest that youth mental health services are well positioned not only to screen for dating violence but to intervene to ameliorate the mental health consequences of abuse and to prevent further violence.

History

Journal

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Volume

24

Pagination

1964-1979

Location

United States

ISSN

0886-2605

eISSN

1552-6518

Language

English

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

12

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC