This study was funded partially by a grant from the Women's Institute, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales.
The Psychological Impact of Domestic Violence on Spanish Women1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 11, pages 2310–2322, November 2005
How to Cite
Matud, M. P. (2005), The Psychological Impact of Domestic Violence on Spanish Women. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35: 2310–2322. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2005.tb02104.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This study examined the psychological impact of partner violence on 240 Spanish women who were identified as abused, comparing them to a control group of 240 non-abused women. The abused women suffered more long-lasting anxiety and insomnia, severe depression, and somatic symptomatology, and also had lower self-esteem than did the non-abused women. The severity of the psychological abuse was correlated positively with the severity of the physical abuse, while the number of years of abuse endured correlated with the women's age and number of children. The most relevant variable for predicting severe depression, social dysfunction, anxiety and insomnia, and somatic symptoms was low self-esteem.