Date of Award
School of Social Work
Dr. Gale Horton
This study examined whether the relationship between the level of self-esteem and a woman’s decision to leave an abusive relationship was significant. This study was based on the idea that a woman’s decision to leave the abusive relationship was due to having a relatively high level of self-esteem. A self-esteem questionnaire was distributed to two Atlanta area domestic violence shelters. These questionnaires were administered by the researcher and/or shelter staff. The researcher found that there was no significant difference between the decision to leave an abusive relationship and the level of self-esteem. In fact, the majority of the levels of self-esteem were borderline as to whether there was the presence of a problem with self-esteem. The conclusions drawn from this study pointed to a need for more longitudinal studies, the need for more clear conceptual models, large scale data bases, and reliable instrumentation. The results of this study suggests that the level of self-esteem is not significant to a woman’s decision to leave an abusive relationship.
Morgan, Crystal N., "A descriptive study of the relationship between the level of self-esteem and termination of an abusive relationship among domestic violence shelter residents" (1998). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 3616.