ERIC Number: ED303736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Crisis Workers' Attributions for Domestic Violence.
Madden, Margaret E.
Attributions affect coping with victimization. Battered women who blame their husbands' moods are less likely to leave than are women who blame their husbands' permanent characteristics for the violence. Abused women often have repeated contacts with crisis intervention workers and the attitudes of those workers may affect the attributions made by clients for their husbands' violence. To examine this issue, 52 surveys were completed by volunteers on a crisis intervention hotline for victims of domestic and sexual assault. The surveys asked workers about factors contributing to clients' situations, controllability of those factors, advice they had given, and chances that the situation would be resolved. Perceived resolvability of clients' situations was highly related to perceived controllability. Controllable factors were mainly circumstantial, rather than internal personality factors, except for substance abuse, which was seen as highly controllable. The regression models which best predicted resolvability involved external circumstances and client variables, rather than partner variables. Actions which were associated with high resolvability of situations were actions which would substantially alter clients' situations. Six references and nine tables are included. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).