Is Decision-Making of Women Concerning Their Violent Relationships Truly Nonlinear …and Why Is That?

  • David KaterndahlEmail author
  • Sandra Burge
  • Robert Ferrer
  • Johanna Becho
  • Robert Wood
  • Maria Del Pilar Montanez Villacampa


We understand little of women’s action-taking about their violent relationships other than it is qualitatively nonlinear. Nonlinearity could be due to: (1) nonlinearity of underlying violence, (2) the presence of multiple, interdependent predictors or (3) circularly-causal predictors, or (4) an underlying cusp catastrophic phenomenon where the relationship between violence burden and readiness-for-action is distorted by factors affecting the relationship. The purpose of this study was to determine whether women’s perceived needs-for-help, legal action, or leaving concerning her violent relationship very nonlinear and the source of that nonlinearity.



This project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1260210).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Katerndahl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sandra Burge
    • 1
  • Robert Ferrer
    • 1
  • Johanna Becho
    • 2
  • Robert Wood
    • 1
  • Maria Del Pilar Montanez Villacampa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Community MedicineUniversity of Texas Health Science Center San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Texas Health Science Center San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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