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PTSD in Battered Women


This research examines for evidence of a relationship between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and battering where battering is defined by Coffman and Fallon (1989) as a patter of physical abuse (assaults, threats, or restraints) used by one person (usually the male) to control another. Specifically, the research consists of a paper which examines the connection between PTSD and the Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS). It includes historical research on both PTSD and BSW and is complimented with a review of on-the-job clinical experience with a group of battered women.

The first chapter of the research presents a description of the basic nature of the study. Chapter two reviews the rationale for the study and its benefits to the field of psychology. Chapter three defines and outlines both disorders, outlines the theoretical background on each and reviews the similarities and differences between them.

Chapter four summarizes the conclusions that can be made on the basis of the reviewed research and then draws conclusions to the research question based on informal interview data collected from battered women. Ideas for future research are outlined.

Dworetzky (1985) reports that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be considered an anxiety response to a severe trauma arising from exceptional or unexpected circumstances. In more precise clinical terms, the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are listed by the American Psychiatric Association (1987) as follows:

Diagnostic Criteria For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A. Existence of a recognizable stressor that would evoke significant symptoms of distress in almost everyone.

B. Reexperiencing of the trauma as evidenced by at least one of the following:

(1) recurrent and intrusive recollections of the event

(3) sudden acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were reoccurring because of an associati...

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