At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury

by Anne DePrince and Eileen Wang

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with a host of health impacts — including worsened adult asthma outcomes among adult victims and their children. That’s what Dr. Eileen Wang from National Jewish Hospital documented in a recent review of some three dozen research studies on the topic.

Looking closer, we discovered many potential connections between Dr. Wang’s work on IPV-asthma links and the TSS Group’s work on brain injuries. IPV, difficult-to-control asthma, and traumatic stress have all been associated with type 3 inflammation. Brain injuries, which are common among IPV survivors, may also contributes to Type 3 inflammation, worsening asthma outcomes and complicating care.

Recognizing a need for studies that identify biopsychological pathways that link IPV to asthma, Dr. Wang has teamed up with the TSS Group for a pilot study funded by the University of Denver and National Jewish Hospital. We will be looking at the relationship between IPV, asthma, brain injuries, and type 3 inflammation.

We hope this pilot study will help to identify individuals at increased risk of worsened asthma outcomes based upon IPV and TBI histories in order to improve screening and care.

Learn more about ongoing studies led by Dr. Wang, including the CHARM Study for Asthma and Creating Asthma Measurements through the MORRE Study.

And stay tuned for findings from our collaboration!

Published by Anne P. DePrince, PhD

Author of "Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women" (Oxford University Press), Anne is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Provost of Public Good Strategy and Research at the University of Denver. She directs the Traumatic Stress Studies Group.

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