The relationship of two types of trauma exposure to current physical and psychological symptom distress in a community sample of Colombian women: Why interpersonal violence deserves more attention

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Our purpose in this study was to examine the relationship between interpersonal violence and background traumas and symptom distress in a community sample of Colombian women (N = 217). We utilized the Life Stressor Checklist-Revised (LSC-R) to measure lifetime interpersonal violence (IPV) and background trauma exposure and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) to measure current symptom distress. Although both exposures were common in this sample, IPV was strongly correlated with current symptom distress; background traumas made no unique contribution to the variance in current symptom distress. Based on our findings, it is suggested that interpersonal events may be particularly distressing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)946-961
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 17 2010

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