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ERIC Number: EJ793967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4385
The Impact of Child Maltreatment and Family Violence on the Sexual, Reproductive, and Parenting Behaviors of Young Men
Paluzzi, Patricia; Kahn, Abby
Prevention Researcher, v14 suppl p8-10 Dec 2007
The phrase, "Boys will be Boys" is often given as a tongue-in-cheek response to aggressive or "boyish" behavior; the kind of roughhousing or bullying more often tolerated--or even encouraged--among boys than girls. Such a strict and outmoded definition of masculinity serves as one major barrier to boys and young men who seek the opportunity to disclose abuse, discuss their experiences of child maltreatment and family violence, and receive treatment. This lack of disclosure masks the very real problem of abuse among males and permits everyone to continue to use the same narrow lens to view males as solely perpetrators and seldom survivors of violence. Research indicates that boys are in fact exposed to child maltreatment and family violence and this exposure can lead to higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, involvement in a teen pregnancy, and even perpetrating violence in their own intimate relationships as well as with their children. The problem of child maltreatment and family violence is clear--what is lacking is public attention to this issue as it affects boys and young men. This article summarizes boys' experiences of abuse, the impact it may have on their sexual, reproductive, and parenting behaviors, and what can be done to change this.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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