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Stigma modifies the association between social support and mental health among sexual violence survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo: implications for practice
Wachter, Karin; Murray, Sarah M.; Hall, Brian J.; Annan, Jeannie; Bolton, Paul; Bass, Judy
2018
Source PublicationANXIETY STRESS AND COPING
ISSN1061-5806
Volume31Issue:4Pages:459-474
AbstractBackground and Objectives: The aim of this study was to further understanding of the relationship between social support, internalized and perceived stigma, and mental health among women who experienced sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Methods: Drawing from baseline survey data collected in eastern DRC, researchers conducted a secondary cross-sectional analysis using data from 744 participants. Regression and moderation analyses were conducted to examine associations between social support variables, felt stigma, and depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Results: Emotional support seeking and felt stigma were positively associated with increased symptom severity across all three mental health variables. Stigma modified associations between emotional support seeking and depression (t=-2.49, p=.013), anxiety (t=-3.08, p=.002), and PTSD (t=-2.94, p=.003). Increased frequency of emotional support seeking was associated with higher mental health symptoms of anxiety and PTSD among women experiencing all levels of stigma.Conclusions: Enhancing understanding of social support and stigma may inform research and intervention among Congolese forced migrant populations across circumstances and geographic locations. Implications for practice and research are discussed.
KeywordSocial support stigma mental health refugees displaced populations
DOI10.1080/10615806.2018.1460662
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Language英语
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology ; Psychiatry ; Psychology
WOS SubjectNeurosciences ; Psychiatry ; Psychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000433929100008
PublisherTAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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CollectionUniversity of Macau
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Wachter, Karin,Murray, Sarah M.,Hall, Brian J.,et al. Stigma modifies the association between social support and mental health among sexual violence survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo: implications for practice[J]. ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING,2018,31(4):459-474.
APA Wachter, Karin,Murray, Sarah M.,Hall, Brian J.,Annan, Jeannie,Bolton, Paul,&Bass, Judy.(2018).Stigma modifies the association between social support and mental health among sexual violence survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo: implications for practice.ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING,31(4),459-474.
MLA Wachter, Karin,et al."Stigma modifies the association between social support and mental health among sexual violence survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo: implications for practice".ANXIETY STRESS AND COPING 31.4(2018):459-474.
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