Cognitive Emotional Coping Strategies in Women abused in Their Childhood


  • Angela VERDEŞ Associate Professor, PhD, “Ion Creangă” State Pedagogical University of Chisinau, Moldova
  • Natalia ROTARU- SÎRBU PhD student, “Ion Creangă” State Pedagogical University of Chisinau, Moldova


cognitive emotion strategies, abuse, women.


In this article we investigated the presence of child abuse in women; the comparative evaluation of coping strategies, cognitive-emotional in two groups of women: abused and non-abused (N = 175). For this purpose, we used the Child Abuse and Trauma Scale (Sanders, Becher-Lausen, 1995), as well as the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ, Garnefski, Kraaij, Spinhoven, 2001). The results show that generally there are differences in which coping strategies are used by non-abused and abused women when it comes to slow adaptable strategies. Such strategies as Self-blaming, Blaming others and Catastrophizing are more frequently utilized in case of women who experienced child-abuse. Non-abused women adopt high adaptable strategists in stress management, especially Refocusing on Planning and Positive Reevaluation, where they got high scores. Regarding correlations of cognitive-emotional inter-strategies for women who were abused in childhood, we remark that there are associations between slow adatable strategies, Self-blaming, Catastrophizing and Acceptance; moderated correlations between Acceptance and Rumination.


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