Testing posttraumatic stress as a mediator of childhood trauma and adult intimate partner violence victimization

Jill Messing, Lareina La Flair, Courtenay E. Cavanaugh, Michelle R. Kanga, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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Abstract

This study examined whether potential posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) mediated the relationships between different forms of childhood trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, violence between caregivers) and intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization (psychological, physical, sexual). Participants were 1,150 female nurses and nursing personnel. Path analytic findings revealed potential PTSD partially mediated the relationships between childhood sexual abuse and psychological IPV and childhood sexual abuse and sexual IPV. Potential PTSD did not mediate the relationship between other types of childhood trauma and IPV. This study adds to the literature indicating PTSD as a risk factor for revictimization in the form of adult IPV among women. Screening for and treatment of PTSD among female child sexual abuse survivors could prevent future IPV victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-811
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • IPV
  • PTSD
  • child abuse
  • childhood abuse
  • domestic violence
  • path analysis
  • sexual abuse
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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