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

Hanna C. Gustafsson, Melissa A Barnett, Nissa R. Towe-Goodman, W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Martha J. Cox

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-781
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Child behavior problems
  • Child directed physical aggression
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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