Working women recover from domestic violence

July 8th, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 8 (IANS) Work seems to be the way out for victims of domestic violence, according to a latest research.

The study was conducted by the Univeristy of Missouri School of Social Work.

“Mothers who work full-time, even in adverse situations, create economic stability and model a strong work ethic, independence and competence,” says says Kim Anderson, associate professor at the University.

Women, who as children have been exposed to their mother’s battering, may suffer from a debilitating psychological condition, known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In particular, children of mothers who had mental health problems, were more likely to develop PTSD later in life, as were children who witnessed the arrest of family members during violent incidents.

“The mental health status of mothers affects how they recover from abuse and their parenting style,” Anderson says.

“Children whose mothers do not experience mental health problems are less likely to have mental health problems of their own,” she says.

The study found that women are less likely to suffer from PTSD if they are more resilient or work full time, reports the journal Child & Family Social Work.

–Indo-Asian News service

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