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Violence against women: impacts on psychological health and stress hormones Open Access
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University of Alberta
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Hegadoren, Kathy (Nursing)
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Coupland, Nicholas (Psychiatry)
Joyce, Anthony (Psychiatry)
Department of Psychiatry
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Master of Science
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This thesis contributes to the growing body of gender-specific health research by integrating both psychological and neuroendocrine data to assess the impacts of stress and violence on women's health.
Women seeking support for intimate partner violence (IPV) were compared with women seeking support for non-interpersonal stressors (stress associated with immigration). Psychological measures included perceived stress and entrapment and mental defeat (EMD) scores as well as assessment of Axis I disorders. Neuroendocrine measures included basal levels of salivary cortisol and percent suppression of cortisol after the low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (DST).
Positive relationships were found between experiences of IPV and perceived stress, EMD and Axis I diagnosis. The neuroendocrine measures did not differentiate IPV from non-interpersonal stressors and both groups showed hypersuppression of cortisol after the DST.
IPV influences women's perceptions about EMD and perceived stress. By integrating neuroendocrine and psychological measures, further development of gender-specific stress models may occur.
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