Women's Health: The Impact of Child Abuse on Healthcare Utilization
Research has consistently shown the negative consequences associated with child abuse. Specifically, those with a history of child abuse are more likely to suffer from psychological disorders and physiological diseases than those who do not have a history of abuse. Additionally, the literature has indicated that child physical abuse and child sexual abuse can lead to both healthcare under-utilization and over-utilization. However, limited research has explored mediating factors that influence the relationship between childhood abuse, physical health outcomes and healthcare utilization. Therefore, this study will evaluate the influence of revictimization and posttraumatic stress on the relationship between childhood abuse and physical health outcomes. Moreover, the current study will also determine if experiential avoidance, as a theoretical framework, will mediate the relationship between childhood abuse and physical health outcomes.