How Does Intimate Partner Violence Differ Depending on Level of Rurality of Residential Area in Spain?

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Title: How Does Intimate Partner Violence Differ Depending on Level of Rurality of Residential Area in Spain?
Authors: Ruiz Pérez, Isabel | Vives-Cases, Carmen | Escribà Agüir, Vicenta | Rodríguez-Barranco, Miguel | Nevot-Cordero, Adela
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Health status indicators | Intimate partner violence | Rural population | Sociodemographic factors | Spouse abuse
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Health & Social Work. 2015, Advance Access. doi:10.1093/hsw/hlv024
Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is recognized as a worldwide public health problem. Most theories ascribe IPV to individual, family, or cultural factors. Authors analyzed different residential areas in Spain in terms of IPV frequency as well as its impact on health and the use of services. A standardized self-administered cross-sectional survey was administered to ever-partnered adult women ages 18 to 70 years receiving care at primary health care centers (N = 10,322). Logistic regression analyzed the association between the level of rurality and health indicators, IPV, and use of services. The lowest frequency of IPV among women is reflected in higher rurality. Women of medium and low rurality presented a poorer self-perceived health and more physical health problems. Women from medium and low rurality areas declared seeking health services more frequently. These results show the importance of the environment in health and indicate the need for research on urban–rural differences in health problems to develop specific public health programs for each country.
ISSN: 0360-7283 (Print) | 1545-6854 (Online)
DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlv024
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2015 National Association of Social Workers
Peer Review: si
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