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NCJ Number: 190021 Find in a Library
Title: Researching Children's Experience of Interparental Violence: Toward a Multidimensional Conceptualization (From Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children: The Future of Research, Intervention, and Social Policy, P 203-218, 2001, Sandra A. Graham-Bermann and Jeffrey L. Edleson, eds.--See NCJ-190013)
Author(s): Zvi Eisikovits; Zeev Winstok
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Sale Source: American Psychological Assoc
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article suggests a conceptual framework for including children’s own perceptions in future empirical research on exposure to adult domestic violence and discusses ethical and methodological problems with using standardized existing measures such as the Child Behavior Checklist and others.
Abstract: The discussion argues that in families in which adult conflicts escalate to violence, several central themes affect the way family members perceive and interact with each other. The family discourse includes three interrelated components: (1) recollection of what happened, (2) causality regarding why it happened, and (3) meaning. Most parenting activities include both framing expectations and scripting expectations. The child’s beliefs about reality in relation to parental expectation exist along the four parallel continua of awareness, competence, self-perception, and worldview. Three distinct profiles result from these continua as influenced by parental expectations: the master child, the vanquished child, and the uprooted child. Influences outside the family also affect the child’s perceptions. The analysis maintains that to acquire a holistic picture of a child’s experience of domestic assault, researchers need to examine the dimensions of mutual influence between the child and parents in terms of the extent of acknowledgment of the violence and levels of perceived competence, mastery, and self-perception. Using this framework has mapping, descriptive, and predictive potential if it receives proper support from empirical data. Figures, table, and 13 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child victim interviews; Children of battered women; Code of ethics; Information collection; Juvenile witnesses; Professional conduct and ethics; Psychological victimization effects; Research design; Research methods
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