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Men's experiences of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and abuse in health care: a cross-sectional study of a Swedish random male population sample
Linköpings universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
Linköpings universitet.
Linköpings universitet.
Linköpings universitet.
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 191-202Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims: This article addresses the under-researched area of men’s experiences of abuse. The aims were to estimate prevalence ofemotional, physical, and sexual abuse and abuse in health care in a random sample of Swedish adult men, to compare these estimates with previously collected prevalence rates in a male clinical sample to see if prevalence rates were dependant on response rate and sampling method. We also wanted to contribute to a more general analysis of men’s experiences of victimisation.

Methods: Cross-sectional study design. The NorVold Abuse Questionnaire that measures the prevalence of four kinds of abuse was sent to 6000 men selected at random from the population of Östergötland, Sweden.

Results: The responserate was 50% (n=2924). Lifetime experiences of emotional abuse were reported by 16.7%, physical abuse by 48.9%, sexualabuse by 4.5%, and abuse in health care by 7.3%. The proportion ofmen who currently suffered fromabusive experiences washighest for emotional abuse and abuse in health care. No difference in prevalence was seen between the random populationsample and the clinical sample despite significant differences regarding response rate and background characteristics.

Conclusions: Abuse against men is prevalent and men are victimised as patients in health care. Response rateand sampling method did not influence prevalence rates of abuse. Men’s victimisation from emotional abuseand abuse in health care was associated with low income and being born outside of the Nordic countries and hence needs to be analysed in the intersections of gender, class, and ethnicity.

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2012. Vol. 40, no 2, p. 191-202
Keywords [en]
Abuse, Male victimisation, Masculinity, Violence
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Nursing Social Work
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32041DOI: 10.1177/1403494811425711ISI: 000301192100012PubMedID: 22031483OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-32041DiVA, id: diva2:697418
Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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