A History of Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Among Native American Adults

Kong, J.,
Roh, S.,
Easton, S. D.,
Lee, Y.,
Lawler, M. J.
Published: Electronically published in 2016
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Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of Interpersonal Violence

These authors examined the association between childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization among Native American adults. Drawing on Riggs’s theoretical model of the long-term effects of childhood abuse, they also examined the mediating roles of insecure attachment patterns and depressive symptoms. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze data from the 2013 General Well-Being Among Native Americans dataset (N = 479). Results showed that the experience of childhood maltreatment was positively associated with IPV victimization, and depression was a significant mediator in this association. Although the overall mediation effect was not significant, all paths linking childhood maltreatment, fearful attachment, depressive symptoms, and IPV victimization were statistically significant. The authors discuss the implications for IPV theory and practice with Native Americans. Modified Author Abstract.

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