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Risk Factors for Women’s Intimate Partner Violence Victimization: An Examination from the Perspective of the Schema Therapy Model


This study attempted to examine risk factors for intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization against women in terms of the schema therapy model (STM). Seventy-nine shelter-residing female IPV victims and 78 married female IPV non-victims participated in the study. The Young Schema Questionnaire Short Form, the Young Parenting Inventory, the Young Compensation Inventory, and the Young Avoidance Inventory were used. The results revealed that being young and having low income were risk factors for IPV victimization. Paternal parenting style was also found to be a further risk factor in addition to demographic variables. Further, the endorsement of disconnection and the unrelenting standards schema domains presented further information predicting IPV victimization above and beyond demographic variables and parenting styles. Maladaptive coping styles did not reveal themselves as maintenance factors for IPV victimization when the information gathered from demographic variables, parenting styles, and schema domains is taken out. The results are discussed in terms of the STM.

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Findings reported here are derived from the Master’s thesis of the first author under the supervision of the second author. The study was conducted with the permission of Hacettepe University Ethics Committee and the Family and Social Policies Ministry of Turkey. The authors want to thank Assoc. Prof. Özlem Sertel-Berk for her invaluable contribution during the data analysis process.

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Taşkale, N., Soygüt, G. Risk Factors for Women’s Intimate Partner Violence Victimization: An Examination from the Perspective of the Schema Therapy Model. J Fam Viol 32, 3–12 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-016-9855-6

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  • Early maladaptive schemas
  • Parenting styles
  • Coping styles
  • Shelters