The health related hardiness level of battered women residing at shelters

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Martha Velasco-Whetsell

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Doug Coffin

Third Advisor's Name

J. Paul Gallant

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to investigate the Hardiness level of battered women residing at a South Florida shelter and to investigate if there was a major difference in the hardiness level of women who were first time in a shelter as opposed to those who had been previously in shelters. Using a descriptive design, the Health-Related Hardiness Scale was given to 50 battered women residing at a shelter. The results confirmed our hypothesis that proposed that hardier women would leave their abusive environment. The total hardiness of these women was (M= 148.86 SD= 22.64). Furthermore, no major differences were found among the two groups, the total hardiness for the women who been in shelters before was (M=150.17 SD= 26.06) and for those who were first time users was (M=148.45 SD= 21.81). The results provide a baseline to begin to understand the role that hardiness play in the lives of battered women. These findings and future studies may have implications for breaking the cycle of domestic violence.



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