Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Psychology; Psychology; Global Public Health

Project Advisor 1

Kristin Lane

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Intimate partner violence affects over ten million individuals in the United States each year. Household income is a major predictor of IPV. Thus, this study proposal explores how giving unconditional cash assistance to women in abusive relationships may impact their susceptibility to abuse alongside their psychological well-being. This experiment aims to recruit 450 impoverished female survivors and offer half of them monthly cash transfers of $1,000 throughout one year. I use a 2x12 mixed design and path analysis in order to illustrate the following predictions: (1) Those who receive cash will experience significantly less abuse and greater psychological well-being when compared to themselves over time as well as to a no-cash control group and (2) significant changes in resource utilization and coping strategies will mediate the relationship between cash and these two outcome variables. My predicted findings build on previous research connecting poverty and partner violence, suggest a potential role for financial assistance as an IPV intervention tactic, and highlight the necessity of investing in accessible social services.

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