-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- Men who are victims of
domestic abuse by their female partners can develop psychological
trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression
and suicidal thoughts, new research finds.
Researchers looked at a group of 302 men who sought professional
help after experiencing what the researchers called "intimate
terrorism," which refers to high levels of violence and controlling
behavior by female partners.
Another 520 men took part in a telephone survey that asked about
their relationships. Sixteen percent of these men said they had
experienced minor acts of violence and mental abuse during
arguments with their female partners. This type of abuse was
referred to as "common couple violence."
In both groups of men, who ranged in age from 18 to 59, there
were associations between abuse and PTSD symptoms. However, the men
who experienced "intimate terrorism" had a much greater risk of
The findings appear in the April issue of the journal
Psychology of Men & Masculinity.
"This is the first study to show that PTSD is a major concern among men who sustain partner violence and seek help," study leader Denise Hines, a research assistant professor in the department of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., said in a journal news release.
A second study in the same journal summarized past research on
domestic abuse against men. Prior research has found that men are
less likely to report injuries from abuse, and police are less
likely to arrest women accused of domestic violence against
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domestic abuse against men.
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