Author Hopper, Elizabeth Kay
Title Psychological resiliency and coping with domestic violence
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Descript 124 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 62-09, Section: B, page: 4220
Adviser: Honore M. Hughes
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Saint Louis University, 2001
Within the past several decades, relationship violence has been illuminated as a major societal problem. Researchers have identified psychological sequelae of partner abuse and have begun to examine factors that are associated with psychological adjustment in battered women
Despite the documentation of a range of sequelae of domestic violence, little attention has been paid to differences in the adjustment levels of battered women. There is a wide variability in the individual adaptation levels of victims of domestic violence. The current project seeks to explain some of the variation in the psychological functioning of battered women through an examination of the women's abuse characteristics, personal and environmental resources, and coping strategies used to deal with their abuse. There are three major objectives to this study: (a) an examination of variations in battered women's adjustment; (b) the identification of resiliency factors which lead to better adjustment in battered women; and (c) an examination of the mechanisms by which these resiliency factors operate
Theory suggests a number of resiliency factors (including personal and environmental resources) that may influence battered women's adjustment; however, it does not clearly specify the pathways by which these factors affect adjustment. Personal and environmental resources may act directly on adjustment. They may operate indirectly through an influence on coping. Finally, these resiliency factors may buffer the effects of domestic violence on adjustment. The current study identified a number of resiliency factors for battered women. It examined potential direct and indirect relationships between resiliency factors and adjustment in battered women, and examined the potential moderating role of resiliency variables. Unique resiliency models were developed for generalized distress and PTSD symptoms. Implications and future research are discussed
School code: 0193
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 62-09B
Subject Psychology, Clinical
Women's Studies
Alt Author Saint Louis University