Perpetration of intimate partner violence associated with sexual risk behaviors among young adult men

Am J Public Health. 2006 Oct;96(10):1873-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.081554. Epub 2006 May 2.


Objective: We assessed the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration and sexual risk behaviors and fatherhood (having fathered children) among young men.

Methods: Sexually active men aged 18 to 35 years who visited an urban community health center and who reported having sexual intercourse with a steady female partner during the past 3 months (N = 283) completed a brief self-administered survey about sexual risk behaviors, IPV perpetration, and demographics. We conducted logistic regression analyses adjusted for demographics to assess associations between IPV and sexual risk behaviors and fatherhood.

Results: Participants were predominantly Hispanic (74.9%) and Black (21.9%). Participants who reported IPV perpetration during the past year (41.3%) were significantly more likely to report (1) inconsistent or no condom use during vaginal and anal sexual intercourse, (2) forcing sexual intercourse without a condom, (3) having sexual intercourse with other women, and (4) having fathered 3 or more children.

Conclusion: IPV perpetration was common among our sample and was associated with increased sexual risk behaviors. Urban community health centers may offer an important venue for reaching this at-risk population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / statistics & numerical data
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Unwanted
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*