College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Post-traumatic stress disorder in women: Diagnosis and treatment of Battered Woman Syndrome

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1991

Publication Title

Psychotherapy

ISSN

0033-3204

Volume

28

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Women victims of marital abuse suffer many symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This article discusses issues of diagnosis, evaluation, interviewing, and treatment as well as legal implications of the battered woman syndrome. Five major areas that have been negatively impacted by the battered woman's coping skills are described: manipulation, dissociation, anger, intimacy, and compliance. Practical ways for handling each of these areas in therapy are discussed.

DOI

10.1037/0033-3204.28.1.21