Birmingham-based psychologists are heading a study into why it is some women who have been physically abused during childhood bounce back to lead successful lives and others do not.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham are looking for women between the ages of 21 and 40 who have been the subject of abuse during childhood to take part.
It is estimated that 24 per cent of youngsters have experienced physical punishment at some point in their childhood and that seven per cent have suffered serious physical abuse at the hands of parents or carers.
This study will focus on why some women, who have suffered physical abuse, seem to develop better coping strategies and go on to lead very successful lives.
The psychologists want to find out how these women find the strength to deal with a difficult period in their lives and will be looking specifically at how this affects their selfesteem and also how they can successfully go on to form relationships.
The participants will be asked to fill in an online questionnaire that will be confidential, answering questions about where they live, their schooling and qualifications and background.
Clare Marriott from the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology, said: "If we can find out what kind of traits are inherent in these resilient women, what helps them to bounce back, it will help us to find new strategies when working with people who are finding it difficult to deal with the consequences of physical abuse in a real life therapy scenario."
* To take part visit www.experiencesurvey.bhamac.uk or email Clare Marriott at firstname.lastname@example.org