Bidirectional Partner Violence Among Homeless Young Adults: Risk Factors and Outcomes
One of the most prevalent forms of violence in contemporary society is the victimization of intimate partners. Although it has been established that homeless young people experience high levels of victimization on the street, little is known about partner violence (PV) experiences in this population, especially bidirectional violence. In this study, the authors investigated the prevalence of PV and bidirectional violence and the risk factors and outcomes of this form of violence in a sample of 166 homeless young adults. Overall, 59 percent of the sample experienced bidirectional violence. In multivariate analyses, sexual abuse and neglect were significant correlates of PV. In addition, being either a victim or perpetrator of PV was associated with more severe substance use and higher levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Finally, there was support for bidirectional violence among the homeless young adults, even after controlling for early histories of maltreatment. Modified Author Abstract.