Intergenerational Domestic Violence

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Family and Demographic Factors on Intergenerational Transmission of Violence
Forty percent of juvenile offenders and 1 in 10 children have witnessed violence in their household (Child Abuse Facts, n.d; Domestic Violence and Children, n.d.). Empirical research on the effects of domestic violence on children has grown over the last few years. However, little is known about intergenerational cycle of violence, which is when youth who have witnessed violence between parents in the home are more likely to become aggressive and violent against both same-sex peers and dating partners (Bauer et al., 2006; Cannon, Bonomi, Anderson, & Rivara, 2009; McCloskey & Lichter, 2003; Milletich, Kelly, Doane, & Pearson, 2010).
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However, good parenting and positive emotional well-being of the mother can improve children’s executive functioning, allowing the children to control their aggressive emotions better (Iverson, McLaughlin, Adair & Monson, 2014; Samuelson, Krueger, & Wilson, 2012). The father may also have a negative role in parenting the child, as abusive fathers are more likely to neglect their children, use authoritarian discipline, use corporal punishment, be inconsistent, and be unable to provide structure (Edleson et al., 2007; Holt, Buckley & Whelan, 2008). In the absence of physical child abuse, which has a more direct effect on the adjustment, cognitive mechanisms and learning are the more relevant factors (Levendovsky & Graham-Berman, 2001; Sternberg et al., …show more content…
Justification of violence against women is associated with justification of violence against children, so the two behaviors often occur in the same household (Chamberland, Fortin, & Laporte, 2007). Levendovsky & Graham-Berman concluded in their research that child abuse mediates the link between parenting quality and child adjustment (2001). Other studies have found that additional stressors lead to higher levels of problems in development and future violence perpetration (Campbell & Lewandowski, 1997; Heyman & Slep, 2002; Sternberg, Baradaran, Abbott, Lamb, & Guterman, 2006). Justification of violence may also be strengthened if a mother uses authoritarian tactics to discipline the child and to prevent the child from aggravating the abuser, leading to externalizing problems in the child (Dehon & Weems, 2009; Holt, Buckley & Whelan, 2008). Thus, experiencing both domestic violence and child abuse puts children at highest risk for externalizing problems and increased aggression (Forsstrom-Cohen & Rosenbaum,

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