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J Interpers Violence. 2014 Jul 20. pii: 0886260514540805. [Epub ahead of print]

Negative Mood Regulation Expectancies Moderate the Relationship Between Psychological Abuse and Avoidant Coping.

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  • 1California State University, Fullerton, USA cassandra7702@yahoo.com.
  • 2California State University, Fullerton, USA.


This study explored the relationships among psychological abuse, attitudes about intimate partner violence (IPV), negative mood regulation expectancies (NMRE), and coping. Participants were 126 female college students in dating, cohabitating, or married relationships within the previous year. In one single session, they completed self-report scales measuring IPV, NMRE, and coping. Results indicated that women reporting higher levels of psychological abuse reported less negative attitudes toward IPV, engaged in less-active coping responses, and had lower NMRE. Psychological abuse was a significant predictor of avoidant coping, while NMRE significantly predicted both active and avoidant coping. In addition, the interaction of NMRE × Psychological abuse added incremental prediction of avoidant coping. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

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dating violence; domestic violence; intervention/treatment; mental health and violence

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