Do Negative Emotional States Play a Role in the Association Between Intimate Partner Violence and Poor Health-Related Quality of Life in Chinese Women From Low-Income Families?

Violence Against Women. 2020 Dec;26(15-16):2041-2061. doi: 10.1177/1077801219892648. Epub 2020 Jan 3.


A cross-sectional analysis of a dataset of 156 participants in a health assessment program explored whether negative emotional states mediated the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Compared with IPV screen-negative participants, those who screened positive had significantly lower HRQoL and significantly higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. The inverse associations between the presence of IPV and HRQoL were found to be mediated by depression, anxiety, and stress. Therefore, interventions to alleviate negative emotions in women suffering from IPV have the potential to be useful in improving their HRQoL.

Keywords: health-related quality of life; intimate partner violence; low-income families.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Asians / psychology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Psychological Distress
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires