Pathways From Intimate Partner Violence to Academic Disengagement Among Women University Students

Rachel Voth Schrag, Leila Wood, Noël Busch-Armendariz

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More knowledge is needed related to collegiate intimate partner violence (IPV) and the pathways between experiencing physical and psychological IPV and academic disengagement. Students in a University System in the southwest completed an online survey including measures of physical and psychological IPV, academic disengagement, sense of community, and safety on campus. Conditional process analyses were used to understand key pathways for 6,818 woman identified students. All models found a significant indirect path between physical and psychological IPV and academic disengagement via depression symptoms. Students' sense of community on campus was associated with less academic disengagement regardless of physical violence. The impact of psychological IPV on disengagement was stronger for those with lower senses of community. Enhancing screening and education, providing effective mental health counseling, and increasing advocacy will help institutions better address IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-245
Number of pages19
JournalViolence and victims
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020



  • academic disengagement
  • campus climate
  • depression
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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