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NCJ Number: 220027 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Between Mothers' Social Networks and Severe Domestic Violence: A Test of the Social Isolation Hypothesis
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:2007  Pages:503-512
Author(s): Carol Coohey Ph.D.
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to determine whether structural properties of mothers’ social network and received support were related to battering and to the severity of battering.
Abstract: Study results showed that three groups of mothers had several family members in their social networks. No differences were found between the groups on the number of family members who gave emotional support. However, the mothers who were severely assaulted had fewer friends, fewer contracts with their friends, fewer long-term friendships, and fewer friends who really listened to them than did the nonbattered mothers and the battered mothers who were not severely assaulted. Research showed that batterers were more successful in disrupting friendship ties than family ties. Findings from this and other studies show that battered women are more likely to seek out support from family members and friends than from professionals. The research compared 40 battered mothers who were severely assaulted with 46 battered mothers who were assaulted but not severely and 57 mothers who were not battered. Only mothers who currently had a partner were included in the sample. The study used an egocentric network analysis to test the validity and reliability of the study hypotheses. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault; Female victims
Index Term(s): Class comparisons; Cross-cultural comparisons; Family support; Social network analysis
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