Violência por parte do parceiro íntimo
: preditores de comportamento de risco para o VIH

  • Ana Luísa da Cunha Pereira de Barros (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Introduction: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a frequent cause of morbidity, being able to encompass risk behaviors for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in women that are victims of IPV. Aims: Analyze the predictors associated to HIV risk behaviors in women victims of IPV, assessing the impact of IPV and the childhood trauma in risk behaviors for HIV and study the differences between victims and non-victims at the level of childhood trauma, use of condom, the presence/history of sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and the HIV test. Methodology: Participated 141 women, 61 victims of IPV and 80 non-victims, by filling a self-report instruments: a questionary sociodemographic, the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire and several self-report questionaries, that evaluate HIV risk behaviors. Results: It was verified that women victims of IPV report major childhood trauma and more STIs than women non-victims, finding differences statistically significative. Women victims also showed less use of condom and more tests to HIV. IPV contributed significantly for the presence/history of STIs. It was verified positive relationships statistically significative between IPV and childhood trauma, between the presence/history of STIs and psychological assaults and physical abuse without sequelae, and between the HIV test and psychological assaults and the presence/history of STIs. Additionally, it was verified that being younger predicts the use of condom and that IPV predicts the presence/history of STIs. HIV testing is not predicted by IPV or the childhood trauma. Conclusion: It’s necessary to develop programs of intervention and prevention of sexual behaviors in risk of HIV in women victims of IPV.
Date of Award2020
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEleonora C. V. Costa (Supervisor)


  • Intimate partner violence
  • HIV risk behaviors
  • Childhood trauma
  • Women


  • Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde

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