Using a cross-sectional survey sample of 817 men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Chicago area, this study tested the effect of psychological and demographic factors generally associated with intimate partner abuse and examined their relationship to various health problems.
1. Men in same-sex relationships experience abuse rates similar to those faced by women in heterosexual pairings, and by as much as three times higher than those reported by heterosexual men.
2. 32.4% of participants reported any form of relationship abuse in a past or current relationship
3. 20.6% reported a history of verbal abuse (“threatened physically or sexually, publicly humiliated, or controlled”)
4. 19.2% reported physical violence (“hit, kicked, shoved, burned, cut, or otherwise physically hurt”)
5. 18.5% (n = 151) reported unwanted sexual activity.
6. Fifty-four percent (n = 144) of men reporting any history of abuse reported more than one form. Age and ethnic group were unrelated to reports of abuse.
7. Depression and substance abuse were among the strongest correlates of intimate partner abuse
8. Men reporting recent unprotected anal sex were more likely to also report abuse
Despite the media portrayal of the gay relationship as healthy and stable, partner violence occurs in nearly 1/3 of these relationships .”This study suggests that intimate partner abuse may be an underlying factor for many men who are dealing with health problems”
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