A Comparison of Coping Strategies Used By Urban and Rural Women in Violent Relationships Public Deposited

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  • February 27, 2019
  • Wood, Sarah
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health Leadership Program
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant public health problem, affecting a large proportion of women in the United States and leading to significant physical and emotional health consequences. Women experiencing intimate partner violence use a wide array of mechanisms to cope with violent relationships. A better understanding of the coping strategies and their helpfulness to victims of domestic violence is important for health care providers and other agencies in order to provide adequate and useful assistance. Goodman and her colleagues developed the IPV Strategies Index, to assess coping mechanisms of women in violent relationships. They used the instrument to assess coping strategies of women living in an urban environment in a large mid-Atlantic seaboard city in the United States. Because previous studies indicated that the experience, resources, and needs of IPV victims in mral areas were different from those living in urban areas, we assessed coping strategies of women experiencing domestic violence in rural North Carolina. We believe that our study is the first to use the IPV Strategies Index with rural women. The purpose of our study was to assess the strategies used by rural women in violent relationships and to determine the most frequently used categories of strategies, as subdivided in the IPV Strategies Index. Additionally, we wanted to compare the use patterns and helpfulness ratings of the coping strategies of the women in our study to women in an urban sample of women.
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  • Runyan, Desmond
  • Frasier, Pamela
  • Master of Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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