Physical Symptoms, Alcohol Use, Mood, and Family Functioning in Male Victims of Partner-Violence

Tasich, Aleksandar

Physical Symptoms, Alcohol Use, Mood, and Family Functioning in Male Victims of Partner-Violence

Authors: Aleksandar M. Tasich 1, John H. Porcerelli, PhD, ABPP 2

1College of Liberal Arts & Education, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 48221

2Department of Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 48221

In partial fulfilment of the BUILD Research Experience

Winter, 2017

Abstract:

            There are relatively few studies in the literature that have conducted research into the impact of male victims of partner-violence (P-V). Therefore, the aim of this research is to aid in filling the gap in the research on victimized males of P-V. We compared victims of P-V with a control group made up of non-victimized men matched for age, race, education, marital status and income. Dependent variables include alcohol use (CAGE questionnaire), family functioning (APGAR questionnaire), and physical and mood symptoms (MILCOM Health History questionnaire). Archival data were obtained from a larger study on the health effects of partner-violence in men and women from primary care clinics in the Metro Detroit area. Victimized men were matched with 1 control subject from the non-victimized group. This matching procedure was followed by data analysis comparing physically-victimized (N = 16), psychologically-victimized (N = 19), and control subjects (N = 35).