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NCJ Number: NCJ 185696   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Male-Perpetrated Domestic Violence: Testing a Series of Multifactorial Family Models, Final Report
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Lynda A. King ; Daniel W. King
Date Published: 09/2000
Page Count: 146
  Annotation: This project seeks to demonstrate that domestic violence and trauma-related psychological distress are connected, with the sequelae of trauma serving as major mediators to explain the etiology and propagation of aggressive behaviors in families.
Abstract: The goal of the project was a better understanding of risk factors associated with male-perpetrated domestic violence, partner's mental distress, and child behavior problems, using data from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study. Structural equation modeling procedures were used in all parts of the project. Study results appear to support the perspective that exposure to highly stressful life events in a man's childhood or early adulthood and the psychological consequences may explain later partner battering and concomitant partner mental distress and child behavior problems. It appears also that the mother plays a substantial role in safeguarding her child's mental health in the midst of highly stressful life events and negative family experiences, and perhaps the effect carries forward into the next generation. This reinforces advocacy for shelters and other programs that provide supportive services to women and their children. The report recommends a strong alliance between criminal justice and mental health services, and recognition of the importance of trauma exposure and subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology and alcohol abuse in accounting for the perpetration of violence against women. Figures, tables, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Violence ; Behavioral science research ; Mental health ; Alcohol abuse ; Psychological victimization effects ; Post-trauma stress disorder ; Violence causes ; Violence prevention ; Violent men ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-0031
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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