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NCJ Number: NCJ 237063     Find in a Library
Title: PTSD Compromises Battered Women's Future Safety
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:5  Dated:May 2008  Pages:635 to 651
Author(s): Sara Perez ; Dawn M. Johnson
Date Published: 05/2008
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
Grant Number: 96-IJ-CX-0020;K23MH067648
Document: PDF 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression on battered women's safety.
Abstract: Intimate partner violence continues to be a social crisis that results in a complex array of physical and mental health problems. Although resources to counteract the effects of the violence are sometimes available, the posttrauma sequelae may prevent access by those in need. Using the Chicago Women's Health Risk Study, a naturalistic longitudinal study of 320 abused women, the current study examined the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression on battered women's safety at follow-up. Participants completed both a baseline and follow-up interview, including data on abuse experiences. Results suggest symptoms of PTSD predict severity of violence at follow-up over the impact of help-seeking behaviors, perceived helpfulness of these behaviors, and social support. Implications of results are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Mental disorders ; Domestic assault ; Post-trauma stress disorder ; Domestic violence causes ; Victimization risk ; NIJ grant-related documents
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