The Long-term Health Consequences of Relationship Violence in Adulthood: An Examination of Low-income Women from Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio
American Journal of Public Health
We examined the long-term health consequences of relationship violence in adulthood. Methods. Using data from the Welfare, Children, and Families project (1999/2001), a probability sample of 2,402 low-income women with children living in low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio, we predicted changes in the frequency of intoxication, psychological distress, and self-rated health over two years with baseline measures of relationship violence and a host of relevant background characteristics. Results. Our results show that relationship violence in adulthood predicts increases in psychological distress and the frequency of intoxication, but not self-rated health. Conclusions. We conclude that experiences with relationship violence beyond the formative and developmental years of childhood and adolescence can have far-reaching effects on the health status of disadvantaged urban women.
Terrence Hill, Ryan Schroeder, Christopher Bradley, Lauren Kaplan, and Ronald Angel (2009).
The Long-term Health Consequences of Relationship Violence in Adulthood: An Examination of Low-income Women from Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio. American Journal of Public Health.99 (9), 1645-1650.