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J Fam Violence. 2014;29:99-107.

The Role of Dissociation in the Cycle of Violence.

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Women's Health Project, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY USA ; Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY USA ; On Course Psychological Counseling, P.C., 165 N. Village Avenue, Suite 200, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 USA.
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Women's Health Project, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY USA ; Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY USA.

Abstract

The primary aim of this study was to examine the role of dissociation in the relationship between child maltreatment and intimate partner violence among 148 inner city women. It was proposed that dissociation would be a mediator in the relationship between child maltreatment and intimate partner perpetration. Overall, the hypothesis was supported. Findings revealed that women with a history of child maltreatment who experienced high levels of dissociation were more likely to be perpetrators of intimate partner violence than those with low levels of dissociation.

KEYWORDS:

Child maltreatment; Cycle of violence; Dissociation; Family violence; Interpersonal trauma; Intimate partner violence; Substance use

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