Date of Award
Master of Social Work
Catherine A. Simmons
J. Gayle Beck
Steven D. Soifer
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Blackwell, Nathali Ms., "Avoidant Coping Behavior as a Mediator of the Effects of Various Forms of Intimate Partner Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women who are Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 662.