Psychological distress and intimate physical and sexual abuse among women in methadone maintenance treatment programs

Miriam Schiff, Nabila El-Bassel, Malitta Engstrom, Louisa Gilbert

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Abstract

Guided by the cognitive theory of stress and coping and the comprehensive health-seeking and coping paradigm, this study examines associations among intimate partner abuse and psychological distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, childhood sexual abuse, and current drug use among a cohort of 416 women randomly recruited from New York City methadone treatment programs. Findings expand on past evidence of the high prevalence of psychological distress among adult victimized women and among those with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Women currently abused by their partners have more posttraumatic stress symptoms, depression, and psychological distress than women not abused by their partners.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)301-320
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Service Review
Volume76
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2002

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