Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

799

Date

2013

Date of Award

4-19-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Major

Social Work

Committee Chair

Catherine A. Simmons

Committee Member

J. Gayle Beck

Committee Member

Steven D. Soifer

Abstract

This study explored whether avoidant coping served a meditational role in the association between three forms of intimate partner abuse (sexual coercion, physical aggression, and psychological aggression) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women who had experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Eighty nine female IPV survivors were involved in the current study. Results indicated that in the case of sexual coercion and PTSD, avoidant coping was a mediator. Avoidant coping was not found to have a mediating effect between the remaining types of abuse (physical and psychological aggression) and PTSD. However, it was found that physical aggression had a relationship with PTSD severity. These findings support the conceptualization that in women who have experienced IPV, different forms of abuse have different processes associated with PTSD symptomatology. Further, the findings may help mental health professionals advance their understanding on how forms of abuse may impact coping mechanisms and adverse psychological outcomes.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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