Coping among victims of relationship abuse: a longitudinal examination

Violence Vict. 2007;22(4):408-18. doi: 10.1891/088667007781553946.


This longitudinal study examined the associations between relationship abuse, coping variables, and mental health outcomes among a sample of battered women obtained from shelter and nonresidential community agencies (N = 61). Sexual aggression was a stronger predictor of poorer mental health than was physical assault. Engagement coping strategies were generally predictive of positive mental health, and disengagement coping strategies were generally predictive of poorer mental health. Results highlight the complexity of the associations between different forms of relationship abuse, coping strategies, and mental health among this population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Battered Women / psychology*
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Assessment
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Support
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Women's Health*