Intimate Partner Violence and Psychological Distress Among Young Couples: The Role of the Pattern of Violence

Intimate Partner Violence and Psychological Distress Among Young Couples: The Role of the Pattern of Violence

Intimate Partner Violence and Psychological Distress Among Young Couples: The Role of the Pattern of Violence

Intimate Partner Violence and Psychological Distress Among Young Couples: The Role of the Pattern of Violences

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Violence and Victims, vol. 33, no 3, p. 547-562.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«[T]he objective of the current study is to assess whether the psychological distress of young men and women involved in IPV [intimate partner violence] is predicted by their reported role in the pattern of physical violence.» (p. 547)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The sample is composed of 205 heterosexual couples from the Quebec City and Montreal areas in Quebec, Canada.» (p. 550)

Instruments :
Questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


«Overall, findings revealed that perceiving oneself as both a perpetrator and a victim is predictive of greater psychological symptomatology for both young men and women. The finding that bidirectional violence predicts distress for both partners, coupled with the fact that the most common reported pattern of IPV is mutual, points to the importance of further examining IPV patterns as they relate to psychological distress in young adult couples. Further understanding the mental health outcomes of young men and women involved in IPV is a crucial step to tailoring intervention to their needs, as domestic violence counseling is traditionally designed for older male perpetrators […].» (p. 558) «Furthermore, because the present results highlight the dyadic nature of violence in many young relationships as well as the distress associated with it, therapy in a couple-context may be indicated for young adults already experiencing IPV. The focus of treatment in a couple-context is to help reduce violence within the relationship while bringing each partner to accept responsibility for his or her own aggressive behavior […].» (p. 557)