A systematic review of coping among heterosexual female IPV survivors in the United States with a focus on the conceptualization and measurement of coping

Cynthia Fraga Rizo, Ashley Givens, Brianna Lombardi

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant stressor associated with numerous negative consequences. Many IPV researchers have sought to understand survivors’ experiences and to identify malleable factors that can enhance survivor well-being by focusing on survivors’ coping efforts. To develop a better understanding of how coping has been conceptualized and measured in the context of U.S.-based research with heterosexual female IPV survivors, we conducted a systematic review of 48 research articles examining IPV and coping among this population. Additionally, the review assesses the state of this literature in terms of methodological strengths and limitations as well as what is known about these survivors’ coping efforts. Review findings suggest that coping is a complex construct that has been conceptualized and measured in diverse ways. Findings also demonstrate that heterosexual, female survivors engage in various coping strategies and help-seeking behaviors, and some effort has been made to examine: (a) the relationship between coping and mental health, (b) the relationship between coping and other constructs (e.g., decision to leave an abusive partner, revictimization), and (c) differences in coping across diverse groups of survivors. Recommendations for future research are offered in light of review findings.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages35-50
Number of pages16
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume34
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Heterosexuality
Survivors
Intimate Partner Violence
Research
Mental Health
Research Personnel
Population
Help-Seeking Behavior

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Measurement
  • Mental health
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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