Sexual agreements and intimate-partner violence among male couples

Kaitlyn L. Pruitt, Darcy White, Jason W. Mitchell, Rob Stephenson

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Objectives: In the United States, HIV continues to disproportionately affect men who have sex with men. One promising area of research that may inform the development of behavioral interventions among male–male couples is within the realm of sexual agreements. Methods: The purpose of our analysis was to determine whether respondents who report having an open agreement or an agreement breakage also report a higher incidence of recent (within the previous 12 months) intimate-partner violence (IPV) compared to respondents who report having a monogamous agreement or no agreement breakage after controlling for demographic variables. Results: Results showed that men who have an open agreement are less likely to report recent physical IPV. Conclusions: The results highlight the need to develop dyadic behavior interventions that address sexual agreements and stress management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-441
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015


  • Intimate-partner violence
  • MSM
  • sexual agreements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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