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ERIC Number: EJ812832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Domestic Violence, Emotional Competence, and Child Adjustment
Katz, Lynn Fainsilber; Hessler, Danielle M.; Annest, Amalia
Social Development, v16 n3 p513-538 Aug 2007
This article examined emotion competence in children exposed to domestic violence (DV). It also examined the hypothesis that children's emotional competence mediates relations between DV and children's later difficulties with peers and behavioral adjustment. DV was assessed when children were at the age of five, emotional competence was assessed at the age of 9.5, and peer quality and behavioral adjustment were obtained at the age of 11. Children from homes with greater DV were less aware of their own emotions and more emotionally dysregulated at the age of 9.5. Emotional awareness mediated the relationship between DV at the age of five and children's friendship closeness and internalizing problems at the age of 11. Emotion dysregulation mediated the relationship between DV at the age of five and children's negative peer group interactions, social problems, and internalizing and externalizing problems at the age of 11. Results are discussed in terms of the impact of DV on children's emotional development and the role that different aspects of emotional competence play in children's socio-emotional adjustment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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