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Dr. Marsha Runtz
University of Victoria
The main focus of my research is the examination of the long-term clinical implications of child maltreatment and violence against women (including sexual assault and intimate partner violence). I have explored these topics through a series of studies on the psychological sequelae of child sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as well as sexual assault and revictimization across the lifespan.
In addition, I have been looking at variables which mediate or moderate the potential negative outcomes of child maltreatment (e.g., social support, coping, attachment, life stress, PTSD, dissociation, depression, substance abuse).
Recently, I have been exploring the physical and sexual health implications of violence occurring throughout women's lifespan. Other current areas of study include: adult attachment, parental use of physical punishment, and sexual harassment.