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Intimate Partner Violence Among Iraqi Immigrant Women in Metro Detroit: A Pilot Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Social Medicine.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, ISSN 1557-1912, Vol. 13, no 4, 725-731 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Violence against women is an important public health problem. The objective of this study was to examine the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among immigrant Iraqi women, and to explore the association between IPV and self-rated health. A pilot study using a previously published, self-report questionnaire was carried out among a convenience sampling of 55 Iraqi women in greater Detroit. The overall prevalence of controlling behavior, threatening behavior, and physical violence was 93, 76, and 80%, respectively. Approximately 40% of the women reported having poor or fair health, and 90% reported experiencing one or more types of psychosomatic symptoms. Self-rated health was inversely related to exposure to threatening behavior and physical violence, and positively related to knowledge of one's legal rights. The prevalence of IPV in this sample was high. Results indicated a significant association between exposure to IPV and women's physical health and psychosomatic symptoms.

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2011. Vol. 13, no 4, 725-731 p.
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Intimate partner violence, Iraqi immigrant women, Personal beliefs, Self rated health, Psychosomatic symptoms
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156470DOI: 10.1007/s10903-010-9399-4ISI: 000292555500012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156470DiVA: diva2:431976
Available from: 2011-07-28 Created: 2011-07-25 Last updated: 2011-07-28Bibliographically approved

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