Problem-solving and mental health outcomes of women and children in the wake of intimate partner violence

Date
2014-11-11
Authors
Maddoux, John
Symes, Lene
McFarlane, Judith M.
Koci, Anne
Gilroy, Heidi
Fredland, Nina
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Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Abstract

The environmental stress of intimate partner violence is common and often results in mental health problems of depression, anxiety, and PTSD for women and behavioral dysfunctions for their children. Problem-solving skills can serve to mitigate or accentuate the environmental stress of violence and associated impact on mental health. To better understand the relationship between problem-solving skills and mental health of abused women with children, a cross-sectional predictive analysis of 285 abused women who used justice or shelter services was completed. The women were asked about social problem-solving, and mental health symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD as well as behavioral functioning of their children. Higher negative problem-solving scores were associated with significantly greater odds of having clinically significant levels of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and somatization for the woman and significantly greater odds of her child having borderline or clinically significant levels of both internalizing and externalizing behaviors. A predominately negative problem-solving approach was strongly associated with poorer outcomes for both mothers and children in the aftermath of the environmental stress of abuse. Interventions addressing problem-solving ability may be beneficial in increasing abused women’s abilities to navigate the daily stressors of life following abuse.

Description
Article originally published in Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2014, 1–7. English. Published Online 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/708198
Keywords
Mental health, Women, Intimate partner violence, Children, Problem solving
Citation
This is the publisher’s version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/708198. Recommended citation: Maddoux, J., Symes, L., McFarlane, J., Koci, A., Gilroy, H., & Fredland, N. (2014). Problem-solving and mental health outcomes of women and children in the wake of intimate partner violence. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2014, 1–7. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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