Interpersonal polyvictimization and mental health in males

Carol Rhonda Burns, Susan Lagdon, David Boyda, Cherie Armour

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    A consistent conclusion within the extant literature is that victimization and in particular polyvictimization leads to adverse mental health outcomes. A large body of literature exists as it pertains to the association between victimisation and mental health in studies utilising samples of childhood victims, female only victims, and samples of male and female victims; less research exists as it relates to males victims of interpersonal violence. The aim of the current study was therefore to identify profiles of interpersonal victimizations in an exclusively male sample and to assess their differential impact on a number of adverse mental health outcomes. Using data from 14,477 adult males from Wave 2 of the NESARC, we identified interpersonal victimization profiles via Latent Class Analysis. Multinomial Logistic Regression was subsequently utilized to establish risk across mental health disorders. A 4-class solution was optimal. Victimisation profiles showed elevated odds ratios for the presence of mental health disorders; suggesting that multiple life-course victimisation typologies exists, and that victimization is strongly associated with psychopathology. Several additional notable findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-82
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
    Early online date5 Apr 2016
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 May 2016


    • Interpersonal victimisation
    • Latent class analysis
    • Males
    • Mental health
    • Polyvictimisation
    • PTSD


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