Published Papers - Abstract 182

Loxton D, Schofield M & Hussain R. Psychological health in midlife among women who have ever lived with a violent partner or spouse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2006; 21(8): 1092-1107

This study examines the psychological health correlates of domestic violence in a large random sample of mid-aged Australian women (N = 11,310; age 47 to 52 years). Logistic regressions were used to investigate the associations between domestic violence and depression, anxiety, and psychological well-being, after adjusting for demographic variables (marital status, income management, area). Results indicated increased odds of having experienced domestic violence for those who had: ever experienced a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or an ‘other’ psychiatric disorder; recent symptoms of depression and anxiety; used psychoactive medication for depression or anxiety in the 4 weeks prior to the survey; and who reported current depression. Current psychological well-being had an inverse association with a history of domestic violence: As psychological well-being decreased, the odds of having ever experienced domestic violence increased. The results indicate that a history of domestic violence is associated with decreased psychological well-being in mid-aged Australian women.