CitationSteward, Nicole R. & Manlove, Jennifer (2010). Relationship violence and contraceptive use among young adults in dating relationships. 2010 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.
AbstractThis study uses Wave III of Add Health to explore how individual and partner violence, as well as “sexual insistence” within relationships are associated with condom and contraceptive use at most recent intercourse. We measure relationship violence over the prior year, violence severity, and the party responsible for committing the violent acts (the respondent, their partner or mutual). Additionally, we examine whether the respondent and/or their partner ever insisted on or made their partner have unwanted sex. Analyses of approximately 3,000 young adults in dating relationships find that one-quarter experienced relationship violence and 11 percent reported sexual insistence. Preliminary logistic regression analyses find that couple-level violence is associated with reduced condom use and overall contraceptive use, net of controls. Both respondent- and mutual-driven couple violence are associated with lower odds of condom use. More severe violence, measured by slapping, hitting or kicking, was also associated with reduced odds of both condom use and overall contraceptive use. Separate models indicate that sexual insistence, especially partner-level insistence, is associated with decreased condom use. Patterns of association were similar for males and females.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2010 Add Health Users Conference
Author(s)Steward, Nicole R.