Cumulative abuse: Do things add up? An evaluation of the conceptualization, operationalization, and methodological approaches in the study of the phenomenon of cumulative abuse                

 

 

Author(s)

Scott-Storey, Kelly
Title Cumulative abuse: Do things add up? An evaluation of the conceptualization, operationalization, and methodological approaches in the study of the phenomenon of cumulative abuse
Source Trauma, Violence, & Abuse,2011 , Vol. 12, No 3, pp135-150
Date 2011 
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the author reviews and evaluates current knowledge regarding the effects of cumulative experiences of abuse on women's health. The literature shows that the most common psychological health sequelae of abuse are depression and PTSD and there is evidence that a woman's physical health may also become affected. The author found that within the literature relating to abuse there was little consensus as to what is meant by cumulative abuse, and various terms are used, including retraumatisation, cumulative exposure, lifetime trauma, lifespan victimisations and polytraumatisation. It was also found that much of the research on revictimisation has focused on sexual revict​imisation. The article examines in depth the design, methodology, and the analytical approaches used by researchers. It is recommended that researchers from all disciplines who are interested in abuse, work collaboratively in future studies.
Keywords Child abuse; revictimisation; polyvictimisation; retraumatisation; lifespan victimisation
Topic

Revictimisation