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ERIC Number: EJ862384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
The Influence of Maternal History of Abuse on Parenting Knowledge and Behavior
Bert, Shannon Carothers; Guner, Bella Mironovna; Lanzi, Robin Gaines
Family Relations, v58 n2 p176-187 Apr 2009
This study examined the intergenerational transmission of abuse among a sample of 681 teen, adult low-resource, and adult high-resource first-time mothers. Participants ranged in age from 14 to 36 years, with a mean of 20 years. Exposure to childhood emotional and to physical abuse were associated with 6-month parenting behavior but not with parenting knowledge. Teen mothers, as opposed to adult mothers, had higher mean scores for exposure to childhood emotional and physical abuse. Adult high-resource mothers reported lower mean scores on each abuse outcome than both teen and adult low-resource mothers. For the total sample of mothers, as past exposure to emotional and physical abuse increased, maternal responsivity decreased and opinions toward, and propensities for, abusive behavior increased. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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