This course is based upon material published in the journal Social Work Health Care and is available as an open access article from the National Institute of Health (NIH) public access website.
ABSTRACT – Background—This study examined exposure to violence and risk for lethality in intimate partner relationships as factors related to co-occurring MH problems and use of mental health (MH) resources among women of African descent. Methods—Black women with intimate partner violence (IPV) experiences (n=431) were recruited from primary care, prenatal or family planning clinics in the US and the US Virgin Islands. Results—Severity of IPV was significantly associated with co-occurring MH problems, but was not associated with the use of MH resources among African American women. Risk for lethality and co-occurring problems were also not significantly related to the use of resources. African Caribbean women with severe physical abuse experiences were significantly less likely to use resources. In contrast, severity of physical abuse was positively associated with the use of resources among Black women with mixed ethnicity. Conclusions—Severe IPV experiences are risk factors for co-occurring MH problems, which in turn, increases the need for MH services. However, Black women may not seek help for MH problems. Thus, social work practitioners in health care settings must thoroughly assess women for their IPV experiences and develop tailored treatment plans that address their abuse histories and MH needs.
This course on IPV and mental health issues among ethnically diverse black women is designed for social workers, psychologists, nurses, and professional counselors who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of interpersonal violence and mental health issues in a culturally sensitive practice. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require continuing education courses on intimate partner violence or culturally sensitive practice for license renewal.
The course is based on a journal article which includes research. As such it contains statistical analysis and data which some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not. One of the benefits of reading research based articles for continuing education is that it allows the practitioner to keep current on the latest findings in their field.
Authors: Sabri et al.
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding intimate partner violence, depression, PTSD and the use of mental health resources among ethnically diverse black women. Specifically, a professional will:
· Describe how exposure to intimate partner violence is related to co-occurring mental health problems.
· Identify which cultural group of women is least likely to use resources.
· Identify the relationship of between IPV severity and use of resources for mental health issues.
Citation: Sari, B., Bolyard, R., McFadgion, A., Stockman, J. Lucea, M., Callwood, G., Coverston, C and Campbell, J. (2013). Intimate partner violence, depression, PTSD and use of mental health resources among ethnically diverse black women. Social Work Health Care April 52(4)