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The Relationship Between Battered Women's Causal Attributions for Violence and Coping Efforts

Meyer, A.,
Wagner, B,
Dutton, M. A.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2010
SAGE Publications
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(5); 900-918: May 2010
SAGE Publications

These authors investigated the relationship between battered women's causal attributions for the violence they experience and their subsequent coping efforts. Causal attributions related to partner blame, excusing the violence, and the combination of these two factors were regressed on six categories of coping strategies: placating, resistance, formal help source, informal help source, safety planning, and legal strategies. Of 793 women approached outside of a battered women's shelter and the district court, 406 women completed the baseline measure. The authors found that women who held their partners accountable for abuse were more likely than women who excused the violence to utilize more overall coping strategies. Also, women who blamed their partners for the abuse utilized both more active and more public coping efforts. After accounting for the effects of ethnicity, violence severity, and excusing the violence, the percentage of blame attributions endorsed predicted informal and safety planning strategies. After controlling for ethnicity, violence severity, and blaming, the percentage of excuse attributions predicted placating strategies. Modified Author Abstract.

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