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Investigating the Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risk-Propensity in Black/African-American Women

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This study explored the relationship between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risk-Propensity in African-American women. An anonymous questionnaire was completed by a community based sample of 200 African American women with a varied history of intimate partner violence, to determine whether being in a violent relationship impacts HIV risk. Various statistical techniques, including structural equation modeling (SEM), bivariate correlation analyses and ANOVA were used to examine the data. A strong positive correlation was found to exist between sexual coercion and Intimate Partner Violence. In the effort to fortify prevention strategies, and reduce the rates of HIV infection in African-American women, additional factors that impact disease transmission were discussed. Implications for social work/mental health practice and suggestions for future research were made.

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Josephs, L.L., Abel, E.M. Investigating the Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risk-Propensity in Black/African-American Women. J Fam Viol 24, 221–229 (2009).

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