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Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio


The relationship between level of impairment resulting from domestic violence and the length of stay at a domestic violence shelter was investigated for 30 women who had been accepted at that shelter. Scores on the Abuse Disability Questionnaire were used to identify level of impairment. It was hypothesized that women in the moderate impairment category would stay at the shelter longer than women in the low, mild, or severe impairment categories. The 30 participants . completed the questionnaire at the shelter with the researcher present. A one-way ANOVA was run to determine the relationship between level of impairment and length of stay. The overall F was not significant, nor were any post-hoc analyses of the variables. Although the hypothesis was not supported by the data, the data serve to direct the path for future research.