Epidemiology: Risk Factor Research

Psychiatric Morbidity and Intimate Partner Violence

Principal Investigator: Mary Kernic, Ph.D.
University of Washington Department of Epidemiology
Funding Source: National Institute of Mental Health

The research concerns the effects of family violence on the psychological health of victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children. Research will include gathering information on the effect of a father’s involvement on child psychiatric morbidity among families with histories of male-perpetrated IPV, and whether more restrictive child custodial arrangements are associated with decreased psychiatric morbidity and distress among victims of IPV and their children. The investigator will also evaluate the association between the level of restrictiveness of child custody arrangements on the abusive parent and the psychiatric sequelae of IPV victims and their children.