The protective role of tangible support on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in urban women survivors of violence

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We examined social support as a protective factor in the relationship between lifetime exposure to traumatic events and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptomatology among urban women. Seventy-six women who sought care in a trauma center for injuries from physical or sexual violence completed an interview. When tangible support, rather than total social support, and the interaction of tangible support and lifetime trauma were tested, tangible support moderated the relationship between lifetime trauma and PTSD. Given the complex etiology of lifetime trauma, risk for future trauma and the health needs of women who have experienced trauma, a broader range of intervention strategies that include attention to tangible support need to be developed and evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-568
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Violence
Survivors
Wounds and Injuries
Social Support
Trauma Centers
Sex Offenses
Women's Health
Interpersonal Relations
Interviews

Keywords

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Lifetime trauma
  • PTSD
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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