ERIC Number: ED226277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Abuse of Women by Spouses or Live-In Lovers: What Form Can It Take?
Psychological abuse, defined as behavior that is sufficiently threatening to limit the capacity to work, family and social interactions, and the enjoyment of good physical or mental health can be as damaging to women as physical abuse. To learn more about this behavior a series of open ended interviews was conducted with 25 women who identified themselves as victims of psychological abuse. Common areas dicussed in all the interviews were child care, sexual compatibility, socializing, and financial responsibility. Using an inductive analysis method and a coding system for information retrieval from the data generated, 21 areas of psychological abuse with sub-areas were identified, e.g., silent treatment (refusal to discuss or to talk at all), sleep deprivation, isolation, erratic behavior, and suicide threats. Several of the women reported symptoms of physical distress and several reported suffering the pain and discomfort of feelings of unreality and non-existence. Women who were out of the abusive situation at the time of the interviews reported that their lives had changed for the better, that they were healthier and more confident, but that they were more self-protective, avoided men, and believed that they deserved better than they had received in life. (The coding forms with the numbers reported in each category and the emotional-state forms are appended.) (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Psychological Abuse
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Psychological Association (Minneapolis, MN, April 29-30, 1982).