PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL PARTNER ABUSE OF COLLEGE WOMEN: BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE CORRELATES
This study investigated behavioral and cognitive characteristics of college women as correlates of psychological and physical partner abuse experienced in their recent heterosexual relationships. Participants’ alcohol use and problem-focused coping were examined as predictors of partner abuse, and their expected frequencies of abusive partner behaviors in any relationship were examined as cognitive effects of partner abuse. These behaviors and cognitions were selected because they provide potential areas for cognitive-behavioral interventions. Study results indicated that women’s alcohol use and coping are together related to their experience of abuse. Specifically, results indicated that low alcohol use coupled with more frequent use of problem-focused coping was related to decreased partner abuse, and high alcohol use coupled with more frequent use of problem-focused coping was associated with increased partner abuse. In addition, results indicated that women’s experience of partner abuse would lead them to expect a higher occurrence of abusive partner behaviors in general.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:partner abuse alcohol coping women
Date of Publication:01/01/2006