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NCJ Number: 99593 Find in a Library
Title: Coping with Domestic Violence - Social Support and Psychological Health Among Battered Women
Journal: American Journal of Community Psychology  Volume:11  Issue:6  Dated:(1983)  Pages:629-654
Author(s): R E Mitchell; C A Hodson
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 26
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study suggests a conceptual framework for examining the impact of stress (i.e., level of violence), personal resources, social support, institutional responsiveness, and coping upon the psychological health (i.e., depression, mastery, and self-esteem) of battered women.
Abstract: Respondents were 60 women who had sought assistance from a shelter for battered women. Results indicated that increased levels of violence, minimal personal resources, lack of institutional and informal social support, and greater avoidant coping styles were related to lowered self-esteem and more severe depressive symptoms. Exploratory analyses suggested that stress (i.e., level of violence) and personal resources may have indirect effects upon functioning through their impact on coping responses and the availability of social support. In particular, women who had fewer social contacts unaccompanied by their partner were less likely to receive supportive responses from friends. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered woman syndrome; Psychological victimization effects
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August 1982.
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