Risk factors for physical injury among help-seeking battered women: an exploration of multiple abuse dimensions.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Physical injuries among battered women represent risks for both acute and long-term physical health functioning. The current study assessed the nature and extent of minor and severe injuries among a help-seeking sample of battered women. Hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to assess the unique roles of physical violence, sexual coercion, psychological abuse, and stalking to the prediction of minor and severe injuries in battered women. Not unexpectedly, length of relationship abuse and severity of physical aggression were the most robust predictors of minor and severe physical injuries. Consistent with other research findings, psychological abuse and stalking, as a block, contributed uniquely to the prediction of severe injuries. Results are discussed in terms of implications for future research and intervention with battered women.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

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

Published Date

  • October 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1148 - 1165

PubMed ID

  • 18757347

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2977914

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1077-8012

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1077801208323792


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States