Disability, psychosocial, and demographic characteristics of abused women with physical disabilities

Margaret A. Nosek, Rosemary B. Hughes, Heather B. Taylor, Patrick Taylor

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In a sample of 415 predominantly minority women with physical disabilities recruited from private and public specialty outpatient clinics, we examined experiences of physical, sexual, and disability-related abuse within the past year and its associations with demographic, disability, and psychosocial characteristics. Logistic regression analyses identified 27% of the variance and indicated that women with disabilities who were younger, more educated, less mobile, more socially isolated, and who had higher levels of depression may have a higher likelihood of having experienced abuse in the past year. This model correctly identified 84% of the abused women with disabilities. Questions of directionality, the role of disability, and validity testing are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-850
Number of pages13
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Minority women
  • Social isolation
  • Violence


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