Factors Related To Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Shelter-Based Abused Women

Irene E. Jonker*, Danielle A.M. Lako, Mariëlle D. Beijersbergen, Marit Sijbrandij, Albert M. van Hemert, Judith R.L.M. Wolf

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Abstract

In this study, linear mixed-effects regression analyses were used to examine whether sociodemographic variables, abuse-related variables, and well-being variables were associated with symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in abused women residing in shelters. Results pointed out that symptoms of depression severity were positively associated with migration background and the experience of physical abuse and negatively associated with self-esteem and social support. PTSD symptoms were positively associated with the experience of sexual abuse and negatively associated with self-esteem. Within women’s shelters, staff could be sensitive to improving the social integration of women, especially those with a non-Dutch background, and strengthening the women’s social networks and their self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-420
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date20 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • battered women
  • depression
  • PTSD

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