alexa The battered woman syndrome: effects of severity and intermittency of abuse.


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Dutton DG, Painter S

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Abstract The concept of a battered woman syndrome was tested by assessing 50 battered women and 25 emotionally abused women who had recently left their relationships. For both groups, essential features of the syndrome were present and were significantly interrelated. Dynamic features of the prior abusive relationship correlated significantly with these sequelae. The concept of intermittency is proposed as an alternative to the cycle of violence theory as main contributor to the syndrome. Predictability of abuse was found to be unrelated to the intermittency measure.
This article was published in Am J Orthopsychiatry and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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