TitlePrevalence and Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence Among Young, Middle, and Older Women of Korean Descent in California.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsLiles, S, Usita, P, Irvin, VL, C Hofstetter, R, Beeston, T, Hovell, MF
JournalJournal of family violence
Date Published2012 Nov 1

This research examined the prevalence and correlates of intimate partner violence (IPV) among younger, middle-aged, and older Korean American women. Data were drawn from telephone interviews of a population-based, representative probability sample (N = 592) of female adults of Korean descent residing in California, with a completion rate of 70%. Data were grouped by age. In each group, psychological aggression was the most common type of IPV in the past year, followed by a moderate form of sexual coercion, while physical assault and injury were infrequent. Immigration stress was associated with psychological aggression in all three groups, and partner alcohol use was associated in none. Other predictors varied by group. Results suggest that psychological abuse is a serious issue, and that women's life stage is an important consideration in IPV among Korean Americans. Findings, which sometimes diverged from those of prior studies of this population, merit further investigation.