Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence Associated With Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Adult Men
October 25, 2006
In the current study, researchers "assessed the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration and sexual risk behaviors and fatherhood (having fathered children) among young men."
Two hundred eighty-three sexually active men ages 18-35 who attended an urban community health center and reported having sexual intercourse with a steady female partner in the past three months were enrolled in the study. Participants completed a brief self-administered survey about sexual risk behaviors, IPV perpetration and demographics. Logistic regression analyses adjusted for demographics were conducted to determine associations between IPV and sexual risk behaviors and fatherhood.
Men taking part in the study were predominantly Hispanic (74.9 percent) and black (21.9 percent). Participants who reported IPV perpetration during the past year (41.3 percent) were significantly more likely to report inconsistent or no condom use during vaginal and anal sex; forcing sexual intercourse without a condom; having sexual intercourse with other female partners; and having fathered three or more children.
"IPV perpetration was common among our sample and was associated with increased sexual risk behaviors," the researchers concluded. "Urban community health centers may offer an important venue for reaching this at-risk population."
American Journal of Public Health
10.2006; Vol. 96; No. 10: P. 1873-1878; Anita Raj, Ph.D.; M. Christina Santana, M.P.H.; Ana La Marche, B.A.; Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.; Kevin Cranston, M.Div.; Jay G. Silverman, Ph.D.