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NCJ Number: 114484 Find in a Library
Title: Social Incompetence and the Intergenerational Transmission of Abusive Parental Practices (From Family Abuse and Its Consequences: New Directions in Research, P 38-60, 1988, Gerald T Hotaling, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-114483)
Author(s): R L Burgess; L M Youngblade
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This model of the intergenerational transmission of child abuse focuses on the conditions under which family violence is passed from generation to generation and emphasizes the socialization influences that occur outside as well as inside the family.
Abstract: The model also emphasizes processes of daily interactions inside and outside the family rather than the more commonly used marker variables like low socioeconomic status, large family size, and social isolation. Evidence is presented showing that abusive parents typically rely on coercive patterns of family interaction and that this coercion reflects a lack of social skills. The model also proposes that a child's peer relations may function as an important causal pathway in determining whether the coercive behaviors observed in the home as a child are carried on into adulthood. Thus, adverse peer relations may reinforce the developing incompetence. In contrast, positive influences outside the family can lead to peer acceptance, increasing social competence, social support, and a discontinuation in the intergenerational cycle of abuse. Implications for theory, practice, and research and 115 references.
Main Term(s): Child abuse causes
Index Term(s): Discipline; Family histories; Models; Parent-Child Relations
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