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Battered Woman Syndrome: Empirical findings

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Battered Woman Syndrome: Empirical findings

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The construct of Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS) has been conceptualized as a subcategory of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is composed of the following symptoms: (a) re-experiencing the battering as if it were reoccurring even when it is not, (b) attempts to avoid the psychological impact of battering by avoiding activities, people, and emotions, (c) hyperarousal or hypervigilance, (d) disrupted interpersonal relationships, (e) body image distortion or other somatic concerns, and (f) sexuality and intimacy issues. This article presents empirical data derived from administering the Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire (BWSQ) to women of four countries—United States, Spain, Greece, and Russia. The data support a theory of BWS.

Format

Book Chapter

Book Title

Violence and Exploitation Against Women and Girls

ISBN

doi (chapter): 10.1196/annals.1385.023 / ISBN (book): 978-1573316675

Publication Date

1-5-2007

Publisher

New York Academy of Sciences Annals

City

New York

First Page

142

Last Page

157

Keywords

Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS), posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, hyperarousal

Disciplines

Psychology

Notes

Denmark, F. et al. (Eds.).

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