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Alcohol and psychotropic substance use in female Spanish victims of intimate partner violence

María Crespo, Carmen Soberón, Violeta Fernández-Lansac and M. Mar Gómez-Gutiérrez

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Background: Studies show high use of alcohol among American women who are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), but not in Spanish victims. This study examines hazardous drinking, use of psychotropic substances, and the relationship with psychopathological symptoms in Spanish women who are victims of IPV. Method: 50 battered women and 50 control women from general population were assessed. Results: Hazardous drinking in women victims of IPV (18.4% and 24.5%) was higher than in previous Spanish studies, and lower than in controls (no significant difference). Women victims of IPV showed a significantly higher use of psychotropic medication than controls (40% vs. 20%). For women victims of IPV, psychopathological symptoms were not related to use of alcohol, but use of psychotropic medication was related to post-traumatic arousal. Conclusions: Results suggest that Spanish women victims of IPV may resort to psychotropic medication rather than alcohol to cope with their symptoms.

Consumo de alcohol y sustancias psicotrópicas en mujeres españolas víctimas de violencia de género en la pareja. Antecedentes: los estudios muestran un alto consumo de alcohol en las mujeres maltratadas americanas, pero no en las españolas. Este estudio examina en mujeres maltratadas españolas: el consumo de riesgo de alcohol, el consumo de sustancias psicotrópicas y la relación con los síntomas psicopatológicos.  Método: 50 mujeres maltratadas y 50 mujeres controles de la población general fueron evaluadas. Resultados: el consumo de riesgo de alcohol en mujeres maltratadas (18,4% y 24,5%) fue superior al encontrado en los estudios españoles previos, e inferior a los controles (sin diferencias significativas). Las mujeres maltratadas mostraban un consumo de psicofármacos significativamente mayor que las controles (40% vs. 20%). En las mujeres maltratadas, los síntomas psicopatológicos no estaban relacionados con el consumo de alcohol, sin embargo el consumo de psicofármacos se relacionaba con la activación postraumática.  Conclusiones: los resultados sugieren que las mujeres maltratadas españolas pueden recurrir a los psicofármacos en lugar de al alcohol para hacer frente a sus síntomas.


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