Comorbidity between abuse of an adult and DSM-III-R mental disorders: evidence from an epidemiological study.


Journal Article

The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence, risk, and implications of comorbidity between partner violence and psychiatric disorders.Data were obtained from a representative birth cohort of 941 young adults through use of the Conflict Tactics Scales and Diagnostic Interview Schedule.Half of those involved in partner violence had a psychiatric disorder; one-third of those with a psychiatric disorder were involved in partner violence. Individuals involved in severe partner violence had elevated rates of a wide spectrum of disorders.The findings support the importance of mental health clinicians screening for partner violence and treating victims and perpetrators before injury occurs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Danielson, KK; Moffitt, TE; Caspi, A; Silva, PA

Published Date

  • January 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 155 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 133

PubMed ID

  • 9433353

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9433353

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-7228

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.155.1.131


  • eng