Intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization among ymsm: The p18 cohort study

Christopher B. Stults, Shabnam Javdani, Chloe A. Greenbaum, Staci C. Barton, Farzana Kapadia, Perry N. Halkitis

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Abstract

Research indicates that experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) are common among young gay, bisexual, and other young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Yet, there is little understanding of the individual, mental health, and psychosocial variables associated with IPV in this population. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence and correlates of IPV among a new generation of racially/ethnically diverse YMSM. Baseline data from a longitudinal cohort study of YMSM (n = 598) from New York City informed lifetime experiences of IPV victimization, perpetration, and mutual IPV (those reporting both victimization and perpetration). Multivariate logistic regression models were constructed to examine associations between IPV and individual, mental health, and psychosocial factors. Among YMSM, 39% reported IPV victimization, 31% reported perpetration, and 25% reported mutual IPV. Victimization and perpetration were highly correlated. Childhood mistreatment was related to all 3 IPV outcomes. With regard to psychosocial states, impulsivity was the only variable strongly related to all 3 IPV outcomes. PTSD was significantly related to IPV victimization but not IPV perpetration. In addition, personal gay-related stigma was associated with IPV victimization, whereas public gay-related stigma was associated with IPV perpetration. Findings extend previous research by identifying psychosocial and mental health variables associated with IPV, while controlling for childhood mistreatment. We recommend more systematic screening for IPV in health care settings that serve YMSM (e.g., HIV testing sites). Moreover, we suggest that IPV may be part of a larger syndemic disproportionately burdening YMSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Childhood mistreatment
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Gay and bisexual men
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • Young men who have sex with men (YMSM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Psychology(all)

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