Bridging intimate partner violence and the human brain: a literature review

Wong, Janet Yuen-Ha, Fong, Daniel Yee-Tak, Lai, Vincent and Tiwari, Agnes (2014) Bridging intimate partner violence and the human brain: a literature review. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 15 1: 22-33. doi:10.1177/1524838013496333

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Author Wong, Janet Yuen-Ha
Fong, Daniel Yee-Tak
Lai, Vincent
Tiwari, Agnes
Title Bridging intimate partner violence and the human brain: a literature review
Journal name Trauma, Violence and Abuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-8324
1524-8380
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/1524838013496333
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 22
End page 33
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Past studies mainly focused on the physical and structural brain injuries in women survivors with a history of intimate partner violence (IPV), but little attention has been given to the biological impact and cognitive dysfunction resulting from such psychological stress. In this article, we aim to establish the connection between IPV and the brain by reviewing current literature examining (1) the biological mechanisms linking IPV, stress, and the brain; (2) the functional and anatomical considerations of the brain in abused women; and (3) the abused women’s behavioral responses to IPV, including fear, pain, and emotion regulation, by utilizing functional neuroimaging. The major significance of this study is in highlighting the need to advance beyond self-reports and to obtain scientific evidence of the neurological impact and cognitive dysfunction in abused women with a history of IPV, an area in which current literature remains at a descriptive level.
Keyword Intimate partner violence
Psychological stress
Human brain
Neurological impact
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 22 July 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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