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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240490     Find in a Library
  Title: Physical Health in Preschool Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
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  Author(s): Kate Ryan Kuhlman ; Kathryn H. Howell ; Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
  Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:27  Issue:6  Dated:August 2012  Pages:499 to 510
  Date Published: 08/2012
  Page Count: 12
  Annotation: In this study, the authors examined the mother-reported physical health problems of 102 preschool-age children who have been exposed to IPV.
  Abstract: Exposure to violence and traumatic events during childhood has long been associated with poor physical and psychological health during adulthood. Very few studies, however, have taken steps to understand the immediate relationship between exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and physical health problems in young children. In this study, the authors examined the mother-reported physical health problems of 102 preschool-age children who have been exposed to IPV. This study found that children exhibiting more traumatic stress symptoms displayed fewer total health problems; however, gastrointestinal problems and asthma were related to poor psychological adjustment. The study also found that preschool-age girls were more likely to display health problems than boys. Future studies of the physical health consequences of exposure to IPV in young children would benefit from examinations of specific changes in physiological processes to draw conclusions about the effects of violence on immune system functioning and physical health. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
  Main Term(s): Exposure to Violence
  Index Term(s): Child development ; Domestic assault ; Assessment (child health and welfare)
  Sponsoring Agency: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
United States of America

James A. and Faith Knight Foundation
United States of America
  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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