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NCJ Number: 123163 Find in a Library
Title: Child Witnesses to Violence Between Parents: Critical Issues in Behavioral and Social Adjustment
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(1986)  Pages:95-104
Author(s): D A Wolfe; L Zak; S Wilson; P Jaffe
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the impact of exposure to family violence on children's adjustment.
Abstract: Two groups of residents of shelters for battered women (current and former residents) were compared to a nonviolent control group. All three groups of mothers completed interviews and self-report questionnaires related to both their own and their children's adjustment. Children recently witnessing violence tended to have the lowest levels of social competence ratings; and their mothers reported the most health and emotional difficulties. Former residents of shelters experienced the highest level of family/social disadvantage. The results are discussed in the context of previous research findings, and implications for intervention programs are outlined. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault; Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Family offenses
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