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NCJ Number: 221810 Find in a Library
Title: Parenting Stress, Parenting Behavior, and Children's Adjustment in Families Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:May 2008  Pages:243-251
Author(s): Alissa C. Huth-Bocks; Honore M. Hughes
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The hypothesis that parenting mediates the relationship between parenting stress and child behavioral and emotional problems, known as Abidin’s model, was tested in a sample of women and children.
Abstract: In summary, findings from the study did not support Abidin’s (1992) model that parenting behavior mediates the relationship between parenting stress and child emotional and behavioral problems, but instead, revealed a strong direct relationship between parenting stress and child difficulties. This was the first study to test this model in a sample of 190 families experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), adding to the growing evidence that parenting stress might directly affect children and/or might affect parent behaviors. Future research is recommended to investigate these family processes further in other IPV samples. The results suggest that interventions may be most effective by targeting parenting stress, in particular as a way to aid both maternal and child adjustment. The main purpose of this present study was to examine this mediation model within a predominantly African-American sample of battered women and their children (n = 190 mother-child pairs). Tables, references
Main Term(s): Parental influence
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Child development; Domestic assault; Parent-Child Relations; Stress assessment; Youth development
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