Risk for Partner Victimization and Marital Dissatisfaction Among Chronically Depressed Patients

Heather M. Foran, Dina Vivian, K. Daniel O'Leary, Daniel N. Klein, Barbara O. Rothbaum, Rachel Manber, Martin B. Keller, James H. Kocsis, Michael E. Thase, Madhukar H. Trivedi

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The link between marital dysfunction and depressive symptoms has been well established, but the link between partner violence and depressive symptoms is less clear. Further, little is known about partner violence and marital satisfaction in chronically depressed patients. In this multi-site treatment sample of chronically depressed patients (N=316), approximately 17% of men and 12% of women reported experiencing physical victimization from their partner in the past year. However, physical victimization was not associated with the severity of depression for men or women. Cross-sectional path analyses indicated that depressive symptoms predicted marital dissatisfaction, which in turn, predicted psychological victimization. Further, psychological victimization predicted physical victimization. With chronically depressed individuals, interventions that address both depression and marital dissatisfaction may prevent psychological and physical victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-85
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Chronic depression
  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Marital dissatisfaction
  • Psychological victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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