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Violence and Health Among South Asian Women in the U.S.: A life Course Perspective Open Access

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Family violence is globally and nationally a pervasive public health issue. The growing literature in understanding the etiology and consequences of violence (e.g. child abuse, dating violence, adult intimate partner violence and elderly abuse), has been studied often in isolation, rather than understanding it as a detrimental cycle that occurs throughout the lifespan. Research indicates that family violence is not a one-time event, and violence in the family is chronic, can lead to re-victimization, and has prolonging effects on the health and well-being of an individual. Although studies have shown the relationship between childhood violence and adult violence, few studies have examined how childhood violence influences adult health status, and fewer studies have specifically looked at South Asians in the U.S. This dissertation explores the relationships between exposure to childhood violence, adult intimate partner violence, subjective well-being, body esteem, and suicide ideation/attempt among 18-49 year-old South Asian women living in the U.S. Primary data collection using quantitative survey methodology (n = 535) was conducted and descriptive and multivariate analyses was conducted to examine the complex relationships between childhood violence and adult health.

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