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Disparities in dating violence victimization between LGB and heterosexual young adults: Depressive symptoms as a mediator
dating violence,young adults,depressive symptoms,mediator,Taiwan,
|Publication Year :||2020|
Background: Dating violence is a significant health issue in the field of public health. The occurrence of dating violence can cause many negative health effects. Throughout the life cycle, people with sexual minorities are more likely to suffer from intimate partner violence. Compared with foreign countries’ emphasis on sexual minorities and dating violence issues, there is very little research on this issue in Taiwan. Under the influence of different cultural backgrounds, it is worthwhile for us to explore further. Also, it is still unclear how sexual minorities affect the victimization mechanism of dating violence. This study further explores the possible role of depression symptoms in the experience of dating violence victimization.
Aim: To understand the current status of Taiwan’s sexual minorities and heterosexual groups’ experiences of victims of dating violence, explore the relationship between the state of sexual minorities and their experiences of victims of dating violence, and examine the mediating role of depression symptoms.
Methods: This research uses quantitative questionnaires as research tools and takes the form of anonymous self-filling on the Internet to conduct purposeful sampling. A total of 1209 samples are valid, classified according to sexual orientation or gender of sexual contact. As an intermediary variable, depression symptoms are used as a mediating variable, and dating violence victimization experience is used as a dependent variable. Hypothesis tests are conducted through descriptive statistics and mediation analysis, and bootstrapping methods are used to test whether the mediation effect is significant.
Results: Sexual minorities are more likely to suffer from dating violence than heterosexuals. When the study sample is gay men or those who have only had sex with the same sex, they are more likely to have experienced physical dating violence. It is found that the definitions of sexual orientation and sex of sexual minorities are not consistent. Compared with heterosexuals, lesbians have more depression symptoms, which may lead to higher mental, physical, and sexual dating violence. The sex of sexual contact is only having sexual contact with the same sex. Compared with only having sexual contact with the opposite sex, there will be more depression symptoms, which may further lead to higher mental, physical, and sexual dating violence victims.
Conclusion: Sexual minorities and heterosexual groups have different experiences of victimization of dating violence, and sexual minorities have more depression symptoms, and depression symptoms are significantly related to the victimization of dating violence, and it is found that the depression symptoms may be that the sexual minorities have to date the mediating factor of violence victim experience.
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