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Predicting the potential for child abuse perpetration among victims of domestic violence Ingrid Elise Jacobs

Predicting the potential for child abuse perpetration among victims of domestic violence

Ingrid Elise Jacobs

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ISBN : 9780549964278
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In order to understand the impact of domestic violence on the potential for maternal child abuse, this study evaluated the importance of several variables associated with an ecological model. The sample consisted of 149 women who were recruited fromMoreIn order to understand the impact of domestic violence on the potential for maternal child abuse, this study evaluated the importance of several variables associated with an ecological model. The sample consisted of 149 women who were recruited from the general community. Results support an ecological framework for understanding the relation between domestic violence and potential for child abuse. More specifically, the combination of ontogenic (trauma symptoms, maternal history of child abuse, maternal history of domestic violence), microsystem (current domestic violence), and exosystem (social support, abusive relationship status) variables accounted for a significant amount of variance in potential for child abuse with either an abuse or combined abuse/non-abuse community sample. Also, maternal child abuse, trauma symptoms, and lack of social support uniquely predicted potential for child abuse. In contrast with existing research, trauma symptoms did not mediate the relation between physical abuse in the past year and potential for child abuse. Further, there was no significant difference in potential for child abuse among women who were currently in or currently out of an abusive relationship. Implications of this research to prevention, treatment, and policy are discussed.