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Revista de Salud Pública

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JARAMILLO-VELEZ, Diva E; OSPINA-MUNOZ, Doris E; CABARCAS-IGLESIAS, Germán  and  HUMPHREYS, Janice. Resilience, spirituality, distress and tactics for battered women’s conflict resolution. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2005, vol.7, n.3, pp.281-292. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Determining the relationship of resilience and spirituality in battered women to distress, the frequency and intensity of mistreatment and the severity of injury. Materials and methods A sample was taken of 199 women who consulted Comisarías de Familia de Medellín, Colombia (family police/counselling stations). Resilience scales (RS), spiritual perspective (SPS), SCL-90R and conflict tactics (CTS) were used. Internal consistency, correlation and main exploratory components were measured. Results The scales revealed internal consistency. Resilience was positively correlated to spirituality (r=0.22; p=0.0015) and negatively correlated to total positive distress symptoms (PST) (r=-0.39; p <0.0001), the global severity index (GSI) (r=-0.30; p=< 0.0001) and 9 dimensions of symptoms from SCL-90R. Conclusions The scales used were reliable and valid for measuring the variables being studied. Women with higher levels of resilience reported high levels of spirituality, a lower number of positive distress symptoms and less distress.

Keywords : Resilience; spirituality; conflict resolution; battered women.

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