Mental health consequences of intimate partner abuse: a multidimensional assessment of four different forms of abuse.

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Journal Article

Battered women are exposed to multiple forms of intimate partner abuse. This article explores the independent contributions of physical violence, sexual coercion, psychological abuse, and stalking on symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among a sample of 413 severely battered, help-seeking women. The authors test the unique effects of psychological abuse and stalking on mental health outcomes, after controlling for physical violence, injuries, and sexual coercion. Mean scores for the sample fall into the moderate to severe range for PTSD and within the moderate category for depression scores. Hierarchical regressions test the unique effects of stalking and psychological abuse, after controlling for physical violence, injuries, and sexual coercion. Psychological abuse and stalking contribute uniquely to the prediction of PTSD and depression symptoms, even after controlling for the effects of physical violence, injuries, and sexual coercion. Results highlight the importance of examining multiple dimensions of intimate partner abuse.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mechanic, MB; Weaver, TL; Resick, PA

Published Date

  • June 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 634 - 654

PubMed ID

  • 18535306

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18535306

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1077-8012

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1077801208319283

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States