Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Name

Clinical Psychology

Department or School/College

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Christine Fiore

Commitee Members

David Schuldberg, Dan Denis, Cheryl VanDenburg, Rita Sommers-Flanagan


Coping, Intimate Partner Violence, Religiosity, Social Support, Spirituality


University of Montana


Research suggests that college students suffer higher rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) than older adults, with between 30 and 60 percent experiencing one or more violent events by their intimates (O'Hearn & Margolin, 2000). Unfortunately, IPV can result in severe psychological complications, including depression, anxiety, problems with interpersonal relationships, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and shame (Coker et al., 2002; Coker et al., 2003; Kaura & Lohman, 2007; Taylor, 2003). However, research indicates that certain religious and general coping styles and social support can serve as resilience factors, buffering victims from the negative consequences of IPV (Bosch & Schumm, 2004; Coker et al., 2002; Haden et al., 2006; Ellison & Anderson, 2001). Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that individuals can learn from adversity and grow in the aftermath of trauma (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004). Unfortunately, much of the current research exploring aspects of IPV has focused primarily on the negative consequences of IPV for women (Coker, Watkins, Smith, & Brandt, 2003). There is also little research that explores the role of coping in the development of posttraumatic growth and shame for survivors of IPV. Consequently, this research project quantitatively explored the influence of IPV and the roles of social support and coping styles in the development of posttraumatic stress, shame, and posttraumatic growth for female students at The University of Montana.



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