Domestic violence and mental health in a Dutch community sample: The adverse role of loneliness

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  • Maarten Kunst,

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    1. Faculty of Law, International Victimology Institute Tilburg, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
    • Faculty of Law, International Victimology Institute Tilburg, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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  • Stefan Bogaerts,

    1. Faculty of Law, International Victimology Institute Tilburg, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
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  • Frans Willem Winkel

    1. Faculty of Law, International Victimology Institute Tilburg, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Abstract

The present study explored whether the adverse mental health consequences of domestic violence victimization vary by type of loneliness (i.e., emotional and social loneliness). Participants were drawn from the Dutch city of Rotterdam (N = 7072). Domestic violence victimization, emotional loneliness and social loneliness were associated with self-reported mental health. In addition, interaction effects were observed between domestic violence victimization and each type of loneliness. Implications for policy practice as well as strengths and limitations of the study were discussed. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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