By David Lee on January 12, 2010 · tagged as , , , ,

Drug Use and IPV Among College Students

In the article Drug Use and Intimate Partner Violence Among College Students, the authors explore how different drugs may have a different relationship to intimate partner violence. They found users of cannibas and depressants to have higher rates of use of physical violence.

One caveat: the researcher uses the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2) to measure the violence. While this scale is statistically valid, many researchers are critical of its use. For example, in this study the researcher found that women committed physical abuse slightly more (but not statistically significant) than men. The report findings are consistent with other research using CTS2 that generally indicate that women commit more physical abuse than men.

Drug Use and Intimate Partner Violence Among College Students: An In-Depth Exploration.

Nabors EL. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2009; ePublished December 1, 2009

Click here for a link to the abstract on the journal’s web site.

(Copyright © 2009, Sage Publications)

College students experience an extremely high level of violence among intimate partners during their college careers, with prevalence rates ranging between 20% and 50%. Because intimate partner violence (IPV) among college students is such a widespread problem, it is important to understand the factors that contribute to this type of abuse. Studies using a variety of samples demonstrate that drug use is one such factor. However, research to date fails to identify specific types of drugs linked to college students’ use of violence against intimates. In an attempt to fill this void, this exploratory study uses data from the Relationship Characteristics Study, which was conducted in 2001 and includes a sample of 1,938 college students, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between college students’ drug use and IPV perpetration than the current literature allows.

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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