Reproductive Coercion Victimization and Associated Mental Health Outcomes Among Female-Identifying Young Adults

Emily A. Muñoz, Ryan C. Shorey, Jeff R. Temple

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Abstract

Reproductive coercion is a serious public health problem. Victimization has been associated with poor mental health outcomes, including symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in clinical and college samples. We build on these findings by examining the association between reproductive coercion victimization and mental and behavioral health outcomes, including depression, PTSD symptoms, anxiety, and drinking behaviors in a diverse community-derived sample of female-identifying young adults (mean age = 20; SD=.72). Participants (n = 368) were originally recruited as part of a study on dating violence in seven Texas public high schools. Participants completed an online study that included demographic questions and measures that assessed the variables of interest. Results of regression analyses showed that reproductive coercion victimization predicted depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms, after controlling for race, sexual orientation, and age. The findings also revealed that victims of reproductive coercion were more likely consume more drinks per drinking occasion compared to their non-victimized counterparts. These results add to the growing literature that experiencing reproductive coercion is a risk marker for poor mental and behavioral health. To develop targeted prevention and intervention programs, future research should examine potential mechanisms underlying this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-554
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Trauma and Dissociation
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2023

Keywords

  • Reproductive coercion
  • alcohol use
  • intimate partner violence
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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