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NCJ Number: NCJ 241207     Find in a Library
Title: Female Caregivers' Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence and Behavior Problems in Children Investigated as Victims of Maltreatment
Author(s): Andrea L. Hazen, Ph.D. ; Cynthia D. Connelly, Ph.D. ; Kelly J. Kelleher, M.D., M.P.H. ; Richard P. Barth, Ph.D. ; John A. Landsverk, Ph.D.
  Journal: Pediatrics  Volume:117  Issue:1  Dated:January 2006  Pages:99 to 109
Date Published: 01/2006
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This study investigated the relationship between maternal caregiver experiences with intimate partner violence and the externalizing and internalizing behavior problems of their children.
Abstract: This study on the relationship between mother’s experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children’s behavior problems found that of the demographic variables examined in the study, older age and male gender were both significant predictors of externalizing behavior problems, as were poor child health, caregiver history of arrest, caregiver substance dependence, prior reports of maltreatment, and caregiver victimization by severe IPV. For internalizing behavior problems, the study found that older age and poor child health were significant predictors, as was caregiver victimization by severe IPV. This study investigated whether a maternal caregiver’s experiences of IPV affected the externalizing and internalizing behaviors of their children, and whether these effects were moderated by caregiver depression and parenting practices. Data for the study were obtained from a sample of families drawn from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being, a national study that targets families with children who are the subjects of child abuse and neglect investigations conducted by child protective services agencies. The study obtained measures for child problem behaviors, child health, child maltreatment, community environment, demographic information, female caregiver history of arrest, female caregiver depression and substance dependence, female caregiver parenting practices, and female caregiver’s experiences with IPV. Multiple linear regression analyses were conducted to predict externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in the children. The findings from the analyses suggest that women’s victimization by severe forms of IPV is associated with children’s externalizing and internalizing behavior problems. The findings also indicate that the level of severity of IPV is an influential factor in predicting child behavior, as were female caregiver substance use and arrest. Study limitations are discussed. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Abused women
Index Term(s): Problem behavior ; Individual behavior ; Behavior under stress ; Behavior patterns ; Domestic assault ; Spouse abuse detection ; Acting out behavior ; Abused spouse profiles ; Juvenile Delinquent behavior ; Risk taking behavior ; Emotional Abuse/Harm ; Childrens attitudes toward abuse ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
Grant Number: MH59672;2002-WG-BX-0014;K01-DA15145
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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