Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Susan Rodger

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Leschied

Third Advisor

Dr. Jason Brown


Relationships between trauma symptoms and coping responses were examined in a community sample of women who had experienced violence. The women in the current study were all participating in an alternative adult education program for survivors of women abuse. Levels of trauma symptoms were found to be associated with particular forms of coping strategies used by the women. Specifically, participants reporting higher levels of trauma symptoms also reported a higher use of escape-avoidance coping. However, more severe symptoms of trauma were not significantly related to lower levels of approach coping responses, as expected. Thus, while participants were experiencing pervasive symptoms of trauma, they were continuing to engage in some forms of positive coping strategies. These findings support previous research that examined the relationship between trauma symptoms and coping, as well as provide a new perspective on how survivors of violence living in the community cope with stress.



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