Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




General Psychology

Committee Chair

J. Gayle Beck

Committee Member

Deranda Lester


Women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are at greater risk of unemployment and making lower income. Previous research has found that IPV survivors also have higher prevalence rates for mental disorders such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To date, few studies have examined the effect negative mental health may have on IPV survivors, particularly with respect to economic outcomes. The current study sought to fill this gap. We examined if either PTSD or depression severity would moderate the relationship between IPV and negative economic outcomes among a sample of 190 help-seeking women who had experienced IPV. PTSD and depression severity were assessed using data gathered from a cross-sectional study. Logistic regression was used to determine if either depression or PTSD acted as moderators on the relationship between IPV severity and negative employment and income. PTSD and depression were found to be nonsignificant predictors for employment and income; IPV was also found to be a nonsignificant predictor. Furthermore, no significant main effects were found for our interactions between PTSD or depression on IPV. Results suggest the potential of future research to utilize different methodology and observe different samples.


Undergraduate Honor's Thesis

Library Comment

Honors thesis originally submitted to the Local University of Memphis Honor’s Thesis Repository.


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