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 SYMPOSIUM: VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN AND WOMEN
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 294-300

Women survivors of intimate partner violence and post-traumatic stress disorder: Prediction and prevention


1 Department of Psychology and Sociology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA
2 Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

Correspondence Address:
E S DeJonghe
Department of Psychology and Sociology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, CA
USA
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PMID: 18953149

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A considerable body of research has demonstrated that women who are abused by their male romantic partners are at substantially elevated risk for the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This article reviews recent literature regarding intimate partner violence (IPV) and resultant PTSD symptoms. The article is intended to be an introduction to the topic rather than an exhaustive review of the extensive literature in this area. Factors that enhance and reduce the risk for PTSD, including social support, coping styles, and types of abusive behavior experienced, are described. In addition, the unique risks associated with IPV for women who have children are discussed. Prevention efforts and treatment are briefly reviewed.






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