Year of Award
Professional Paper - Campus Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Psychology
Nadine Wisniewski, Rosemary Hughes
Children, Decision Making, Intimate Partner Violence, Women
University of Montana
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) occurs in 10-69% of the world’s population (World Health Organization, 2002). Women are at much greater risk of experiencing IPV than men. Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse has a psychological impact, not only upon the individual, but family members and future inter-familial generations. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as feelings of helplessness and emotional numbing may impede a woman’s decision making and help-seeking activities. Additionally, it has been found that about half of women who experience abuse have children, and that children witnessing IPV are at a greater risk for abuse, behavioral problems, and psychological problems. The following study addresses how women consider their children in their decision making processes. Two-hundred semi-structured interviews were analyzed using NVivo8 computer software (2008), inter-rating reliabilities, and grounded theory. Themes regarding the stay-leave decision making process for women with children are presented. Additionally, quantitative analysis was used to examine significant differences between women with children and women without children on the variables of length of time spent in the relationship and on the severity of violence experienced by women. Results indicate that women with children remain in violent relationships longer and endure a higher frequency of severe abuse.
Hernandez Armstrong, Geniel Amelia, "THE INFLUENCE OF MOTHERS’ CONCERNS FOR THEIR CHILDREN ON STAY-LEAVE DECISION MAKING FOR WOMEN EXPERIENCING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE: A COMPARISON OF WOMEN WITH CHILDREN AND WOMEN WITHOUT CHILDREN" (2009). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 1029.
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