Do differing types of victimization and coping strategies influence the type of social reactions experienced by current victims of intimate partner violence?

Violence Against Women. 2010 Jun;16(6):638-57. doi: 10.1177/1077801210370027.

Abstract

This study examines whether differing types of victimization and coping strategies influence the type of social reactions experienced by 173 current victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Results of path analyses showed that psychological and sexual IPV victimization were related to positive social reactions, whereas physical, psychological, and sexual IPV victimization were related to negative social reactions. Indirect relationships between victimization and social reactions differed by types of coping strategies (social support, problem solving, and avoidance) examined. Implications are discussed regarding the development of interventions with women's support networks and the augmentation of services to help victims modify their coping strategies.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Avoidance Learning
  • Battered Women / psychology*
  • Crime Victims
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Problem Solving
  • Sex Offenses
  • Sexual Partners
  • Social Perception*
  • Social Support*
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological