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NCJ Number: 114498 Find in a Library
Title: Multivariate Investigation of Children's Adjustment to Family Violence (From Family Abuse and Its Consequences: New Directions in Research, P 228-243, 1988, Gerald T Hotaling, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-114483)
Author(s): D A Wolfe; P Jaffe; S K Wilson; L Zak
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 16
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: Structured interviews and psychological instruments provided data from 50 abused women and 50 nonabused women to determine the effects of spouse abuse on the children in the family.
Abstract: The sample included 50 mothers and their children ages 4 to 16 from shelters for abused women and their children and 50 mother-child pairs from the community. The study excluded mothers and children who were receiving psychological or psychiatric services beyond assessment and diagnosis. Multiple regression analysis suggested that children's behavior problems were strongly associated with maternal adjustment and the amount of physical aggression in the home. Consistent with findings from other studies, boys were found to be more vulnerable than girls to marital discord and parental separation. However, results did not support a causal link between witnessing spouse abuse and child adjustment problems, because family violence is clearly associated with many family problems that may produce the overall negative impact on the child. Findings support the growing consensus that family violence affects children in many direct and indirect ways and underscore the need for mental health professionals to be alert to the impact of family violence on children. Tables and 29 references.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Child development; Psychological victimization effects
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