Problem-focused coping mediates the impact of intimate partner violence on mental health among Chinese women

Wong, Janet Yuen-Ha, Fong, Daniel Yee-Tak, Choi, Anna Wai-Man, Tiwari, Agnes, Chan, Ko Ling and Logan, T.K . (2016) Problem-focused coping mediates the impact of intimate partner violence on mental health among Chinese women. Psychology of Violence, 6 2: 313-322. doi:10.1037/a0039496

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Author Wong, Janet Yuen-Ha
Fong, Daniel Yee-Tak
Choi, Anna Wai-Man
Tiwari, Agnes
Chan, Ko Ling
Logan, T.K .
Title Problem-focused coping mediates the impact of intimate partner violence on mental health among Chinese women
Journal name Psychology of Violence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2152-0828
Publication date 2016-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0039496
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 313
End page 322
Total pages 10
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Our study focused on understanding on the ways that abused Chinese women cope and aimed to examine the mediating role of coping strategies between the relationships of intimate partner violence (IPV; including partner stalking) and mental health problems.

Method: A population-based household survey was completed by 550 Chinese community-dwelling women. Data on the mediating roles of coping strategies were examined using structural equation models.

Results: The prevalence of IPV among Chinese women was 22.9% for psychological abuse, 6.5% for physical abuse, 2.2% for sexual abuse, and 4.2% for partner stalking in the past year. Abused women used more active coping (p = .01), planning (p = .006), and self-distraction (p = .02) than nonabused women. Results supported the mediating effect of problem-focused and passive coping strategies, but not emotion-focused coping, in the pathways of IPV and mental health outcomes (root mean squared error of approximation = .063, comparative fit index = .93, Tucker-Lewis index = .91, and standardized root mean squared residual = .06). Negative mental health outcomes significantly decreased by problem-focused coping (β = −5.16, 95% confidence interval [CI] = −9.56, −.77, p = .021) and significantly increased by passive coping (β = 4.72, 95% CI = 1.24, 8.19, p = .008).

Conclusions: Abused women used multifaceted types of coping. Both problem-focused and passive coping mediated the IPV-mental health outcomes link. The findings reinforced the importance of helping abused women find practical ways to cope with IPV.
Keyword Intimate partner violence
Mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 29 June 2015

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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