TitleHeterogeneity among violence-exposed women: applying person-oriented research methods.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsNurius PS, Macy RJ
JournalJ Interpers Violence
Date Published2008 Mar
KeywordsBattered Women, Crime Victims, Cultural Characteristics, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Medical History Taking, Models, Psychological, Qualitative Research, Research Design, Social Environment, Spouse Abuse, Women's Health

Variability of experience and outcomes among violence-exposed people pose considerable challenges toward developing effective prevention and treatment protocols. To address these needs, the authors present an approach to research and a class of methodologies referred to as person oriented. Person-oriented tools support assessment of meaningful patterns among people that distinguish one group from another, subgroups for whom different interventions are indicated. The authors review the conceptual base of person-oriented methods, outline their distinction from more familiar variable-oriented methods, present descriptions of selected methods as well as empirical applications of person-oriented methods germane to violence exposure, and conclude with discussion of implications for future research and translation between research and practice. The authors focus on violence against women as a population, drawing on stress and coping theory as a theoretical framework. However, person-oriented methods hold utility for investigating diversity among violence-exposed people's experiences and needs across populations and theoretical foundations.

Alternate JournalJ Interpers Violence
PubMed ID18245574