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NCJ Number: 229959 Find in a Library
Title: Attachment as a Moderator Between Intimate Partner Violence and PTSD Symptoms
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:1-9
Author(s): Shelby Scott; Julia C. Babcock
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77004
Grant Number: R03 MH066943-01A1
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether attachment patterns acted as a moderator between intimate partner violence and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
Abstract: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms have been linked to traumatic experiences, including intimate partner violence. However, not all battered women develop PTSD symptoms. The current study tests attachment style as a moderator in the abuse - trauma link among a community sample women in violent and non-violent relationships. Both attachment anxiety and dependency were found to moderate the relation between intimate partner violence and PTSD symptoms. However, attachment closeness did not function as a moderator. Differences in attachment may help to explain why certain victims of domestic abuse may be more susceptible to experiencing PTSD symptoms. Clinically, these findings may aid in the prediction and prevention of PTSD symptoms in women victimized by intimate partner abuse. Tables, figures, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Behavioral science research; Emotional disorders; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
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