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Help-Seeking Behavior in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Toward an Integrated Behavioral Model of Individual Factors

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This study examined individual behavioral predictors of help-seeking using the frameworks of the Andersen model and the theory of planned behavior in a sample of help-seeking female survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). In-person interviews were conducted with 372 women (M age = 34.41 years, 66% African American). Results indicated that variables suggested by the Andersen model, including age, depression, psychological aggression, and posttraumatic stress-related arousal symptoms, were significant predictors of help-seeking. Variables suggested by the theory of planned behavior, including perceived helpfulness of resource and perceived controllability of the violence, were also significantly related to help-seeking. However, a combined model including variables from both theoretical approaches accounted for the most variance in help-seeking behavior. Overall, results suggest that these models are useful conceptualizations of help-seeking in an IPV population and that it is important to consider personal characteristics, need-based variables, and cognitive factors in outreach efforts.
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Keywords: ANDERSEN MODEL; HELP-SEEKING; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; THEORY OF PLANNED BEHAVIOR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2017

This article was made available online on January 27, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Help-Seeking Behavior in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Toward an Integrated Behavioral Model of Individual Factors".

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