Self-inflicted bodily harm among victims of intimate-partner violence
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 352–357, September/October 2007
How to Cite
Sansone, R. A., Chu, J. and Wiederman, M. W. (2007), Self-inflicted bodily harm among victims of intimate-partner violence. Clin. Psychol. Psychother., 14: 352–357. doi: 10.1002/cpp.528
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2007
In this study, we surveyed 113 women psychiatric inpatients with regard to histories of intimate-partner violence and six self-harm behaviours related to the intentional damage of one's body (e.g., cutting, hitting, scratching self). Multiple regression analysis revealed that a history of domestic violence was a statistically significant predictor of bodily self-harm even after controlling for age and having ever been married. Among some victims of domestic violence, this statistical relationship may indicate an underlying common psychodynamic theme such as a high threshold for body maltreatment and/or low body esteem. Regardless, these data suggest that mental health clinicians need to explore among women victims of intimate-partner violence the presence of self-initiated bodily self-harm. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.