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Family Violence and Children’s Behavior Problems: Independent Contributions of Intimate Partner and Child-Directed Physical Aggression

Published on Oct 1, 2014in Journal of Family Violence1.028
· DOI :10.1007/s10896-014-9628-z
Hanna C. Gustafsson12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Columbia University),
Melissa A. Barnett15
Estimated H-index: 15
+ 2 AuthorsMartha J. Cox52
Estimated H-index: 52
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Abstract
Using data from a diverse sample of 581 families living in predominantly low-income, rural communities, the current study sought to investigate the longitudinal associations among father-perpetrated intimate partner violence (IPV) and child-directed physical aggression perpetrated by the mother. The unique contributions of each of these types of family violence on children’s behavioral problems at school entry were also examined. Results confirm bidirectional associations between father-perpetrated IPV and maternal physical aggression directed toward the child, and indicate that both types of physical aggression contribute to child behavior problems at school entry.
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