Assessment of the relationship of demographic and social factors with intimate partner violence (IPV) among Latinas in Indianapolis

Rose Fife, C. Ebersole, Silvia Bigatti, K. A. Lane, L. R Brunner Huber

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Aims: Indianapolis has a rapidly growing Latino community. Through our educational outreach activities in this community during the last several years, we have identified intimate partner violence (IPV) as a significant issue, as it is in all groups in the United States. Thus, we examined the prevalence of and demographic factors and behaviors associated with IPV. Methods: We conducted an exploratory, cross-sectional study of 100 Latinas attending community health centers, educational presentations, and health fairs. Two questionnaires, one mainly demographic and one assessing IPV, were administered in Spanish or English. We used univariate and multivariate logistic regression to examine the relationships of the variables with IPV. Results: The majority (75.5%) of respondents were immigrants from Mexico. Only four were born in the United States. Fifty-one percent of all respondents had experienced some form of IPV. Univariate models found drinking, marital status, and presence of parent(s) in household all significant at the α = 0.15 level. Multivariate models indicated that only alcohol consumption by a woman or her partner was significantly associated with IPV (p = 0.0065). Conclusions: In this exploratory study, alcohol consumption was statistically significantly associated with IPV. The use of tailored strategies to reduce alcohol use may be warranted in populations with high IPV prevalence. Future studies should examine the utility of such interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-775
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of women's health (2002)
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

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Hispanic Americans
Demography
Alcohol Drinking
Health Fairs
Community Health Centers
Intimate Partner Violence
Marital Status
Mexico
Drinking
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Alcohols
Education
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Assessment of the relationship of demographic and social factors with intimate partner violence (IPV) among Latinas in Indianapolis. / Fife, Rose; Ebersole, C.; Bigatti, Silvia; Lane, K. A.; Huber, L. R Brunner.

In: Journal of women's health (2002), Vol. 17, No. 5, 01.06.2008, p. 769-775.

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