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Traumatic Experiences and Dyslexia

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Edited By Evelin Witruk and Dian Sari Utami

The main topics of the book are traumatic experiences, stress processing and dyslexia with some new perspectives on this old phenomenon. The authors of the book articles are from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Spain, Syria, Portugal, and Germany. The interdisciplinary character of this book is represented in contributions of scientists from different areas of psychology, special education, and linguistics.

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Most Frequent and Distressing Forms of Intimate Partner Psychological Abuse among Women in Sri Lankan Context

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Abstract: Researchers have reported that psychological abuse is related to increased vulnerability to some clinical issues including psychological distress. A cross-sectional study was conducted to examine women related to increased vulnerability to some clinical issues including psychological distress. The survey was conducted with a sample of 200, 18–49-year-old help-seeking ever-partnered women. Pre-tested self-administered questionnaires assessing psychological abuse and psychological distress were the main instruments of data collection. Multiple regression analyzes revealed that psychological abuse contributed uniquely to the prediction of psychological distress, over and above the impact of physical and sexual abuse. Most frequent forms of psychological abuse reported by women were the woman experiencing the partner using money or making critical financial decisions without talking to her about it, partner blaming the woman for his problems, and not letting the woman talk about her feelings. As predicted, some forms of psychological abuse appeared more damaging than others. Specifically, ridiculing, ignoring, isolating, controlling, verbal harassment, threatening, manipulating, and non-supportive behavior emerged as the most distress causing forms of psychological abuse among the participants. Frequent forms of abuse were not necessarily the worst forms of abuse which exerted the most detrimental impact on women’s psychological well-being. Clinicians should make the differentiation between most frequent and severe forms of psychological abuse when working with the clients. With the application of these results, counselling methods can be refined and tested for countering forms of abuse that cause the most lingering effects on psychological well-being.

Keywords: intimate partner violence,...

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