Dr. Wietse Tol, director of HealthRight’s Peter C. Alderman Program for Global Mental Health, published his latest research on mental health and intimate partner violence. In the article titled “Can mental health treatments help prevent or reduce intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries?” Dr. Tol conducts a systematic review to identify prospective, controlled studies of mental health treatments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major preventable public health concern that affects many individuals. IPV refers to behaviors within an intimate relationship that can or do cause physical, sexual, or psychological harm. Tol found that in comparison to dedicated mental health interventions, integrated interventions did not consistently lower mental ill health or alcohol misuse as compared to the control conditions. Dr. Tol concluded that more research is necessary in order to ascertain definitively whether mental health treatment can be a helpful tool in preventing or reducing IPV in LMICs.
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