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Intimate partner violence within the Chinese community in San Francisco: problem gambling as a risk factor

TitleIntimate partner violence within the Chinese community in San Francisco: problem gambling as a risk factor
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLiao, MS
JournalJournal of Family ViolenceJournal of Family Violence
Volume23
Pagination671-678
ISBN Number0885-7482
KeywordsAdult, Age Factors, Aged, California, Chi Square Test, Chinese -- California, Coefficient Alpha, Cross Sectional Studies, Demography, Female, Gambling, Human, Intimate Partner Violence -- Risk Factors, Logistic Regression, Male, Mann-Whitney U Test, Middle Age, Psychological Tests, Purposive Sample, Scales, Social Work, Psychiatric, Substance Abuse, Surveys
AbstractA total of 31 Chinese community members (8 males and 23 females) were recruited from three social service agencies in San Francisco (Donaldina Cameron House, Richmond Area Multi-Services, and St. Mary's Chinese Center) to participate in a study examining the relationship between problem gambling and intimate partner violence (IPV). A survey approach was taken which assessed the participants' demographic characteristics including age, gender, country of birth, and employment, as well as factors relating to their intimate partners, including partner's alcohol abuse and problem gambling. Younger participants and those whose partners were problem gamblers were more likely to experience IPV. However, partner's problem gambling was a significant predictor only at the ten-point cutoff on the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) (Lesieur and Blume, American Journal of Psychiatry, ) and not at the five-point cutoff. Chinese participants whose partners were problem gamblers (SOGS >= 10) were 27.5 times more likely to experience IPV. Findings are discussed and social work practice, policy, and research implications are highlighted.
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