Cognitive and coping mechanisms in the interplay between intimate partner violence and depression

  • Calvete E
  • Corral S
  • Estévez A
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Abstract

This study examined the association between intimate partner violence, maladaptive cognitive schemas, coping, and depression in a sample of 298 battered women. The results indicated that maladaptive cognitive schemas were associated with less use of primary and secondary engagement coping, and higher use of disengagement coping. In particular, cognitive schemas reflecting disconnection and rejection accounted for the association between psychological abuse and percentage of disengagement coping. In addition, disengagement coping partially mediated between cognitive schemas and depressive symptoms. Finally, the role of cognitive schemas as personal constraints that affect the choice of coping and the implications for interventions with victims are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Author-supplied keywords

  • Battered Females
  • Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Coping Behavior
  • Female
  • Human
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Major Depression
  • Psychological Abuse Inventory
  • Responses to Stress Questionnaire
  • Revised Conflict Tactic Scales-Physical Assault sc
  • Schema
  • Schema Questionnaire-Short Form
  • Spain
  • battered women
  • cognitive schemas
  • coping mechanisms
  • depression

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Authors

  • Esther Calvete

  • Susana Corral

  • Ana Estévez

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