The protective role of tangible support on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in urban women survivors of violence†
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 558–568, October 2007
How to Cite
Glass, N., Perrin, N., Campbell, J. C. and Soeken, K. (2007), The protective role of tangible support on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in urban women survivors of violence. Res. Nurs. Health, 30: 558–568. doi: 10.1002/nur.20207
Funding was provided by the Nurse Educational Funds, (NEF) Inc., PEO Scholar Program and Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Beta Chapter of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. We would like to thank the research staff and clinicians at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for their support and collaboration with this research. We would also like to thank the editorial assistance of Tina Bloom, MPH, RN. Further, we wish to thank the woman who participated in the study for their time and expertise.
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 FEB 2007
- lifetime trauma;
- interpersonal violence;
- social support;
We examined social support as a protective factor in the relationship between lifetime exposure to traumatic events and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptomatology among urban women. Seventy-six women who sought care in a trauma center for injuries from physical or sexual violence completed an interview. When tangible support, rather than total social support, and the interaction of tangible support and lifetime trauma were tested, tangible support moderated the relationship between lifetime trauma and PTSD. Given the complex etiology of lifetime trauma, risk for future trauma and the health needs of women who have experienced trauma, a broader range of intervention strategies that include attention to tangible support need to be developed and evaluated. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30:558–568, 2007