Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Using data from Project 18 (P18), a cohort study of young gay and bisexual men conducted by the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies, my previous research indicates that IPV victimization and perpetration are common experiences among young gay and bisexual men, and ones that are strongly linked to histories of childhood mistreatment. IPV victimization and perpetration are also associated with social determinants, such as gay-related stigma, as well as mental health problems, such as depression. Additionally, IPV is associated with increased substance use, including alcohol, marijuana, stimulant, and other substances. IPV is also correlated with increased frequency of condomless anal sex behaviors, the primary driver of HIV infections among young gay and bisexual men. In addition to being published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence, these findings have been presented at national conferences, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conventions.
Presently, my program of research is investigating risk factors for the onset and persistence of IPV among YMSM over time, utilizing longitudinal data from P18. It is hypothesized that experiences of IPV in early emerging adulthood will predict repeated experiences later in life. It is also hypothesized that the correlates of IPV identified during the cross-sectional analyses will relate to experiences of IPV over time. A manuscript detailing these findings is being prepared for submission to Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Additionally, these findings are intended to guide future IPV intervention and prevention programs.
Stults, C. B., Javdani, S., Greenbaum, C. A., Kapadia, F., & Halkitis, P. N. (2016). Intimate
partner violence and sex among young men who have sex with men. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(2), 215-222.
Stults, C. B., Javdani, S., Greenbaum, C. A., Kapadia, F., & Halkitis, P. N. (2015). Intimate
partner violence and substance use risk among young men who have sex with men: The P18 cohort study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 154, 54-62.
Stults, C. B., Javdani, S., Greenbaum, C. A., Barton, S. C., Kapadia, F., & Halkitis, P. N.
(2015). Intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization among YMSM: The P18 cohort study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2(2), 152-158.