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Lone mothers experience of physical and sexual violence: association with psychiatric disorders

Butterworth, Peter

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Background: Violence against women is increasingly recognised as an important issue in both research and social policy. Aims: To assess the lifetime experience of physical and sexual violence among lone and partnered mothers and the association with psychiatric disorders. Method: Analysis of the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. The representative sample included 2232 women with children who completed the Composite International Diagnostic Interview, a scale of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorButterworth, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:45:10Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:45:10Z
dc.identifier.issn0007-1250
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/79627
dc.description.abstractBackground: Violence against women is increasingly recognised as an important issue in both research and social policy. Aims: To assess the lifetime experience of physical and sexual violence among lone and partnered mothers and the association with psychiatric disorders. Method: Analysis of the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. The representative sample included 2232 women with children who completed the Composite International Diagnostic Interview, a scale of psychological distress and sociodemographic measures. Results: Lone mothers were more likely to have psychiatric disorders (odds ratios between 2.4 and 3.4) and have experienced physical and sexual violence (odds ratios between 3.1 and 4.1) than partnered mothers. The measures of physical and sexual violence were better predictors of psychiatric disorders than either lone parent status or the sociodemographic measures. Conclusions: Experience of physical and sexual violence accounted for much of the greater prevalence of psychiatric disorders among lone compared with partnered mothers.
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists
dc.sourceBritish Journal of Psychiatry
dc.subjectKeywords: adult; anxiety disorder; article; controlled study; demography; depression; distress syndrome; experience; female; human; interview; major clinical study; mental disease; mental stress; mother; prevalence; risk assessment; sexual abuse; single parent; soc
dc.titleLone mothers experience of physical and sexual violence: association with psychiatric disorders
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume184
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor111714 - Mental Health
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub8024
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationButterworth, Peter, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage21
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage27
local.identifier.doi10.1192/bjp.184.1.21
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:20:01Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0347634394
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