CitationConnolly, E. J.; Hayes, B. E.; Boisvert, D. L.; & Cooke, E. M. (2021). Intimate Partner Victimization and Depressive Symptoms: Approaching Causal Inference Using a Longitudinal Twin Design. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. pp. 19
AbstractObjectives While a wealth of research reports a robust association between intimate partner victimization and depression, the relationship has not been tested using twin-based research designs to control for unmeasured genetic and shared environmental confounding. Methods Twin data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health are analyzed to test the causal hypothesis that intimate partner victimization increases depressive symptoms across the life course. A series of twin-based research methodologies are used to examine whether twin differences in intimate partner victimization during late adolescence are associated with differences in depressive symptoms in young adulthood. Results Males and females did not significantly differ in their prevalence or frequency of reported intimate partner victimization during late adolescence. Genetic and nonshared environmental effects were found to account for the covariance between intimate partner victimization and depressive symptoms. After controlling for common genetic effects, within-twin pair differences in intimate partner victimization were positively associated with within-twin pair differences in depressive symptomatology. Conclusions The results offer further support for the mental health consequences associated with intimate partner victimization and help strengthen causal inference arguments for the relationship between intimate partner victimization and depressive symptoms later in life.
Keyword(s)Intimate partner victimization
NotesISI Document Delivery No.: RA3OE Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 67 Connolly, Eric J. Hayes, Brittany E. Boisvert, Danielle L. Cooke, Eric M. Connolly, Eric/0000-0003-4714-6739 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentUnited States Department of Health & Human ServicesNational Institutes of Health (NIH) - USANIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) [P01-HD31921] This research uses data from Add Health, a program project directed by Kathleen Mullan Harris and designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and funded by grant P01-HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 23 other federal agencies and foundations. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Information on how to obtain the Add Health data files is available on the Add Health website (http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth).No direct support was received from grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis 0 1 SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS NEW YORK J QUANT CRIMINOL
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Quantitative Criminology
Author(s)Connolly, E. J.
Hayes, B. E.
Boisvert, D. L.
Cooke, E. M.