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ERIC Number: ED406041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Young Children Who Experience Domestic Violence: An Important Issue for Early Childhood Teachers.
Smith, Jennifer; And Others
This study examined the psychosocial adjustment of young children who were living in families where domestic violence had occurred, and presented implications for early childhood teachers. The research data were collected in a structured interview with 54 mothers who had at least 1 child between 3 and 6 years of age. These women had left a violent partner from 3 to 24 months prior to participation in the study and were not in a new relationship. The family interview schedule included the administration of the Conflict Tactics Scale, and the mothers also completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). At the time of the interview, 42 percent of the children showed a level of behavioral problems warranting clinical intervention. A series of hierarchical regression analyses was conducted with scores on the CBCL as criteria. The variables of child age, sex, abuse status, level of family violence prior to separation, period of separation, and post-separation contact with the violent partner were the predictors. It was found that a high level of family violence prior to separation was the most consistent predictor for the extent of behavioral problems seen in the child. (Includes suggestions for how early childhood professionals can respond to the needs of children who live in violent families. Contains 34 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia