ic violence. This finding came as a bit of a surprise to researchers as other studies have shown an association between the two.
The study also showed a number of personal characteristics, partner characteristics and neighborhood conditions that increased an individuals chances of being involved in domestic violence as a young adult.
Being diagnosed with a major episode of depression or receiving welfare were significantly related to committing domestic violence, as were having a partner who used drugs heavily, sold drugs, had a history of violence toward others, had an arrest record or was unemployed.
Disorganized neighborhoods where attitudes toward drug sales and violence were favorable also increased a persons likelihood of committing domestic violence.
Individuals who have a history of anti-social behavior may be more likely to find a partner with a similar history and re-create what they experienced as children. They may also be more likely to be in places in their communities where they interact with people with the same types of behavior, said Herrenkohl.
The take-home message from this study is that it may be possible to prevent some forms of domestic violence by acting early to address youth violence. Our research suggests the earlier we begin prevention programs the better, because youth violence appears to be a precursor to other problems including domestic violence.
In addition it showed that nearly twice as many women as men said they perpetrated domestic violence in the past year including kicking, biting or punching their partner, threatening to hit or throw something at their partner, and pushing, grabbing or shoving their partner.
Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health, the paper appears in the current issue of the journal Violence and Victims. Page: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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