The purpose of this study was to compare the self concept of battered women with the self concept of non-battered women. The researcher hypothesized that there would be no significant difference between the self concept of battered women and the self concept of non-battered women. Twenty-five women were surveyed utilizing the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale: 15 subjects who had not been victims of battering and 10 subjects who were victims of battering. Voluntary participants were solicited from the Spouse Abuse Network and from a graduate nursing program. The Tennessee Self-Concept Scale was submitted to statistical analysis utilizing the test and Pearson's Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. The results of the _t test revealed a significant difference in the SE score which measured self-esteem. Therefore, this analysis led the researcher to reject the null hypothesis. The results of the Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient when correlated with certain demographic variables indicated that women with higher educational levels tend to have a higher level of self-esteem. The results also revealed that women who are separated or divorced tended to have lower self-esteem.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

B. J. Landis

Second Advisor

Dr. Phyllis W. Werner

Third Advisor

Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

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Nursing Commons