Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 75–85 | Cite as

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
Original Article


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.


Intimate partner violence Dysthymic disorder Chronic depression Marital dissatisfaction Psychological victimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather M. Foran
    • 1
  • Dina Vivian
    • 2
  • K. Daniel O’Leary
    • 2
  • Daniel N. Klein
    • 2
  • Barbara O. Rothbaum
    • 3
  • Rachel Manber
    • 4
  • Martin B. Keller
    • 5
  • James H. Kocsis
    • 6
  • Michael E. Thase
    • 7
  • Madhukar H. Trivedi
    • 8
  1. 1.Institute for PsychologyTechnical University of BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of MedicineStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychiatryWeill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew YorkUSA
  7. 7.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  8. 8.Department of PsychiatryThe University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasDallasUSA

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