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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 105-113

Psychosocial characteristic of female victims of domestic violence

1 Lecturer of Psychiatry, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
2 Professor of Psychiatry, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
3 Professor of Community Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
MD Khaled Abd El Moez
Lecturer of Psychiatry, Suez Canal University, Ismailia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-1105.134197

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Background Domestic violence against women is prevalent in every country, cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity, and age. Domestic violence against women results in far-reaching physically and psychological consequences. Although the impact of physical abuse may be more visible, psychological scarring is harder to define and report. Women who remained in violent relationships were considered to have morbid characteristics, which included the need to be hurt and punished. Objective This work was carried out to determine the psychosocial characteristics of women exposed to domestic violence. Materials and methods The current study is a cross-sectional controlled study. In this study, psychological characteristics, using the Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory scale (MMPI) personality inventory scale, of 44 women (who presented to the Emergency Unit of Suez Canal University Hospital) complaining of physical abuse of domestic origin were evaluated after taking their consent, and were compared with 22 women with no history of domestic violence. Results The psychological assessment to 44 female victims of domestic violence according to the MMPI personality inventory scale showed a significant difference between the study and the control group in depressive traits, psychopath traits, and psychotic traits. Conclusion Our finding suggested that the study group showed more depressive, psychotic, and psychopathic manifestations than the control group and more studies need to identify whether this results were related to abuse or character logical traits in those women.

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