Dangerous intimate partner relationships and women's mental health and health behaviors

Aya Sato-Dilorenzo, Phyllis W. Sharps

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This study investigated the relationship between dangerousness in intimate partner relationships and victims' mental health and/or health behavior problems. Health records of 387 women residents in a domestic violence shelter in an urban city on the East coast were reviewed. Of these, 177 women were eligible for this study. Dangerousness was determined by Danger Assessment Score (DA). Higher DA scores were significantly associated with mental health symptoms and health behaviors, including anxiety (p = 0.0024), depression (p = 0.017), difficulty concentrating (p = 0.001), memory loss (p = 0.008), suicidal attempts (p = 0.013), weight gain (p = 0.014), past history of smoking (p = 0.027), and past history of illicit drug use (p = 0.047).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-848
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in mental health nursing
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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