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Psychological effects of young female adults staying in an abusive relationship Women ages 20-34 endure the highest rates of domestic violence.(Source: American Institute on domestic violence) Abusive relationships develop patterns of violence and coerciveness in order to maintain power and control over a partner. this can be through emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or physical and can include threats, isolation, and intimidation. Women are in abusive relationships may find it hard to leave. The abusive mate has a dominant effect on the psyche of the victim, as violence and coercion are used to exhibit control and power to their mate. Abusive relationships have extremely negative effects on ones mental health and therefore it impedes ones ability to make wise judgments in terms of their willingsness and acceptability or the tolerance of abuse.(Foshee et al. 1992; O’Keefe and Treister 1998). Subsequently, severing ties can become difficult as the victim demonstrates feelings of
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Unformatted text preview: inadequacy, defenselessness and increasingly believe that she needs her mate regardless of the situation. This in turn create compelling reasons for staying in an abusive relationship, as the violence directly contributes to the detrimental psychological effects on the victim. These effects can vary from low self- esteem, fear, history of family violence, emotional attachment through love, socioeconomic security, self blame, and denial by staying in the cycle of abuse (Dutton and Painter, 1993; Lacey, 2010). Low self esteem plays a crucial role as to why young females stay in abusive relationships. Low self esteem drives the negative self evaluation the victim have of themselves. References Dutton, G., Donald & Painter, Susan (1993). Emotional attachments in abusive relationships: A test of test of traumatic bonding theory. violence and victims Lacey, K., Krim (2010). When Is It Enough for Me to Leave?:Black and Hispanic Womens Response to Violent Relationships....
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor John during the Spring '11 term at Miami Dade College, Miami.

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