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NCJ Number: NCJ 237506     Find in a Library
Title: Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: Does the Gender of the Perpetrator Matter for Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes?
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:1  Dated:January 2012  Pages:26 to 41
Author(s): Emily M. Wright ; Abigail A. Fagan
Date Published: 01/2012
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-IJ-CX-0043
Document: PDF 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether exposure to severe IPV affected male and female youths’ mental health, as well as whether the effects of IPV exposure depended on the gender of the perpetrator of violence.
Abstract: Research on exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) among children and adolescents has rarely examined whether the gender of the perpetrator (e.g., mother-perpetrated vs. father-perpetrated IPV) elicits differential effects on male and female adolescents’ mental health outcomes. This study examined whether exposure to severe IPV affected male and female youths’ mental health internalizing (i.e., withdrawn, somatic, and depressed or anxiety problems) and externalizing (i.e., aggression) outcomes differently, as well as whether the effects of IPV exposure depended on the gender of the perpetrator of violence. Results indicated that female-only-perpetrated IPV had a detrimental impact on some of girls’ internalizing mental health problems more so than on the internalizing mental health problems of males. Male-only-perpetrated IPV did not yield similar results, perhaps because the measure did not capture the larger context of violence between partners. Potential policy implications for law enforcement, school counselors, and other mental health service providers are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Exposure to Violence
Index Term(s): Mental health ; Domestic assault ; Multiproblem juveniles ; Parental liability ; Gender
   
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