Effects of Intimate-Partner Violence on Child Psychopathology

William Gardner, Kelly Kelleher and Kathleen Pajer

in Child Welfare and Child Well-Being

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398465
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863426 | DOI:
Effects of Intimate-Partner Violence on Child Psychopathology

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This chapter describes the experiences of children who live in families affected by domestic violence. It capitalizes on another unique contribution of NSCAW: information about the vast majority of children who remain in the parental home after a child maltreatment investigation. The high incidence of domestic violence among families involved in child welfare has been a topic of considerable policy interest, with many states beginning to include exposure to domestic violence as one of the circumstances that warrants the child welfare system's substantiation of maltreatment allegations. The chapter shows that recurring maltreatment is indeed of concern in this group, but it also highlights some of the challenges inherent in studying the interaction of domestic violence and child outcomes.

Keywords: NSCAW; child welfare; domestic violence; maltreatment

Chapter.  8116 words.  Illustrated.

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