Child abuse, intimate partner violence, divorce/separation and adult mental health problems
Schneider, Renee Alexis
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Thousands of children are the victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse each year, resulting in significant psychological and financial cost to the victims, their families and society. Although previous research suggests that adult revictimization may play an important role in the etiology of depression and PTSD among women abused in childhood, relations among these variables have yet to be fully explicated. The present study involves a comparison of two models designed to account for mental health problems and PTSD symptoms among women with a history child abuse. Results support an additive model for White participants and a moderation model for Latina participants. Findings underscore the role of child abuse in adult mental health problems and further suggest that cultural variables shape women’s responses to family violence.