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Young people, partner abuse and sexual health: indicators of increased risk

Bailey, JV; Pavlou, M; Copas, A; Taylor, L; Feder, G; (2018) Young people, partner abuse and sexual health: indicators of increased risk. Journal of Gender-Based Violence , 2 (2) pp. 311-338. 10.1332/239868018X15263882276906. Green open access

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Abstract

Partner abuse (PA) is common among young people, but is often missed by professionals working in health, social care, education and the criminal justice system. This paper explores the types of PA experienced by young people and links with sexual health to see whether there are factors which indicate greater vulnerability to abuse. Young people aged 16 to 20 from across the UK (n=1,754) completed an online survey in 2010‐11. We report experience of emotional, physical and sexual partner abuse and model the associations with demographic and sexual health variables in bivariate analysis using logistic regression. A third of participants reported one or more types of PA within the previous three months, regardless of gender of partner. PA was significantly associated with sexually transmitted infection (Odds Ratios 1.6 and 2.9 for young women and young men respectively), regretted sex (OR 2.7 and 1.9), distress or worry about sex life (OR 2.7 and 4.6), sexual problems, numbers of sexual partners (OR 1.2 for each additional partner), and sexual health service use (for young men) (OR=1.9). These ‘indicators’ may be noticed by professionals who work with young people, and can act as prompts to ask about partner abuse.

Type: Article
Title: Young people, partner abuse and sexual health: indicators of increased risk
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1332/239868018X15263882276906
Publisher version: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/tpp/jgbv/...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: cross-sectional studies, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual health, sexually transmitted infection
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053451
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