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NCJ Number: 230229 Find in a Library
Title: Traumatic Events and Maternal Education as Predictors of Verbal Ability for Preschool Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:May 2010  Pages:383-392
Author(s): Sandra A. Graham-Bermann; Kathryn H. Howell; Laura E. Miller; Jean Kwek; Michelle M. Lilly
Date Published: May 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effect of exposure to intimate partner violence on verbal ability in a sample of preschool children.
Abstract: Despite research on the effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) on children, little is known about its impact on cognitive development. In this study, 87 preschool-aged children and their mothers exposed to IPV within the last 2 years participated in interviews to ascertain verbal ability, history of violence, and exposure to trauma. When compared to a national sample of 1,700 same-age children not evaluated for exposure to traumatic events, children exposed to IPV scored significantly lower on verbal ability, as assessed with standardized measures. In order to understand variation in verbal ability, multiple regression models were tested. Both prior exposure to traumatic events and the level of mother’s education were significant predictors of verbal ability. However, level of education mediated the relationship between traumatic events and the child’s verbal ability. Table and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child development; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child welfare; Children of battered women; Domestic relations; Emotional Abuse/Harm; Family crisis; Family histories; Long term health effects of child abuse; Psychological victimization effects
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