The relation between physical assault and psychological functioning in a sample of university women, and the relative effects of physical and sexual assault

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The purpose of this study was threefold: to determine the prevalence and descriptive characteristics of physically abusive relationships in a sample of university women, to identify the psychological correlates of physical abuse and the relative effects of physical and sexual assault on psychological functioning, and to determine the relationship between psychosocial functioning and various abuse characteristics. Fifteen percent of respondents had been physically assaulted in the course of their lifetime, with 4% of women assaulted in the last year. The risk of physical assault increased with closer relationship intimacy, and with a history of prior assault. Results indicate that physical assault constitutes a mild concurrent risk factor for psychological dysfunction among nonclinical women. Social cognitive variables appeared to moderate victims' response to physical assault, as the subjective perception of threat was related to poor social adjustment in several areas. Implications of these findings are discussed. © 1991 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wayland, K; Roth, S; Lochman, JE

Published Date

  • October 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 495 - 514

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF00974586

Citation Source

  • Scopus