Working memory, episodic memory and sustained attention in women survivors of intimate partner violence in Spain: The Believe Battery

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.13169/bethunivj.39.1-2022.04
Published date16 November 2023
Pages153-174
Date16 November 2023
AuthorCarmen Fernández Fillol,Julia C. Daugherty,Natalia Hidalgo-Ruzzante,Miguel Perez García,Alvaro Lozano-Ruiz
Subject MatterNeuropsychological functioning,Intimate partner violence,Women survivors
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Working Memory, Episodic Memory and Sustained
Attention in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner
Violence in Spain: The Believe Battery
Carmen Fernández Fillol1,6, Julia C. Daugherty2
(corresponding), Natalia Hidalgo-Ruzzante3,5, Miguel Pérez
García4,5, Álvaro Lozano-Ruiz1
1 Faculty of Health Sciences, Valencian International University – VIU, Spain
2 Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive (LAPSCO), Centre National de la Recherche
Scientique (CNRS), Université Clermont Auvergne, France.
3 Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), University of Granada, Spain
4Department of Development and Educational Psychology, University of Granada, Spain
5Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Granada,
Spain
6Faculty of Health Sciences, Isabel I University - UI1, Spain.
Abstract
A growing body of literature suggests that intimate partner violence (IPV) is linked to
psychopathology and lower cognitive functionality. Nonetheless, few studies have examined
neuropsychological correlates using objective neuropsychological assessments. The main
objective of this study was to assess the relationship between cognitive functioning (specically
memory and attention) and IPV. A group of women IPV survivors (n = 37) and a group of women
who had not experienced IPV (n = 23) were assessed using the Believe Battery, a comprehensive
neuropsychological battery adapted for women survivors of IPV. Findings demonstrated that
women who have suffered IPV present lower neuropsychological scores in the domains of
working memory, verbal episodic memory, and attention compared to women who have not
experienced IPV. These results suggest that IPV may have an impact on neuropsychological
functioning among women victims and survivors, thus raising an important question about
implications in clinical and forensic settings. Future studies should examine whether there are
additional differences in other cognitive domains and assess how such differences are related
to the potential causal mechanisms of violence (e.g., strangulation, head injury, chronic stress).
Key words: Neuropsychological functioning, Intimate partner violence, Women survivors.
Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this article do not represent the opinions of
the Journal’s editorial board and staff of the Dean of Research at Bethlehem University. The
accuracy of the material and any errors in this publication are the sole responsibility of the author.
DOI:10.13169/bethunivj.39.1.2022.04
154 Bethlehem University Journal 39 (2022)
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