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NCJ Number: 229792 Find in a Library
Title: Learning From Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: Decentering DV and the Primacy of Gender Stereotypes
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:March 2010  Pages:291-312
Author(s): Beth Phillips; Debby A. Phillips
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 22
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This ethnographic study examined how youth exposed to domestic violence perceive their experiences and staff interventions.
Abstract: Up to 8 million American children witness domestic violence (DV) every year. Since this discovery in the mid-1980s, psychologists and social service professionals have conducted research with children exposed to DV. This ethnographic study expands on existing research by examining how youth exposed to DV perceive their experiences and staff interventions. Findings show they draw on gender stereotypes for behaviors, and these frequently resist DV education and the advocates' suggestions for coping. Findings also showed the staff's formal interventions with the youth contradict gender norms and their casual interactions with the youth often inadvertently reinforce stereotypical gender identities and behaviors. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Children of battered women
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Attitudes toward authority; Child victims; Domestic assault; Home environment; Perception
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