Association between Depression, Anxiety and Coping Strategies in Female Victims of Gender Violence - Abstract
In Argentina, it is estimated that around 40% of the female population are abused by their partners. A high percentage of those women develop some form of anxiety or depressive disorder. Knowledge about coping strategies used in this population is scarce. Objective: To explore the correlation between coping strategies and the development of anxiety and depression in female victims of domestic violence. Sample: 65 women aged 18 and older who visited a family violence support team. Methods: A correlation study was carried out to assess the relationship between depression, anxiety and coping strategies. After giving informed consent, participants filled a sociodemographic questionnaire, the adult coping response inventory (CRI-A) and the anxiety and mood disorder assessment module of the SCID-I. Results: There were statistically significant differences between both groups in the use of Seeking Alternative Rewards, Avoidance and Emotional Discharge strategies, with significantly less frequent use in the PTSD and depression group. Statistically significant differences were found in the Seeking Guidance and Support and Cognitive Avoidance strategies, revealing an increased use in the PTSD and depression group.