The effects of domestic violence on children's behavior problems: Assessing the moderating roles of poverty and marital status

Jeong Ah Yoo, Chien Chung Huang

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Abstract

Using four waves across 5. years of a recent longitudinal dataset, this study examined whether the effects of domestic violence at Year 1 on children's behavior problems at Year 5 differed by poverty and marital status. Findings from multiple-group structural equation modeling revealed that children in poor families were less affected by domestic violence than those in non-poor families, for both externalizing and internalizing behavior problems. Children in unmarried-mother families were more affected by domestic violence for externalizing behavior problems, whereas they were less affected for internalizing behavior problems, compared to children in married-mother families. Findings from this study highlight that the effects of domestic violence on the behavior problems of children vary by socioeconomic categories, such as poverty and marital status, and, therefore, that children's and their mothers' needs in violent families may vary widely as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2464-2473
Number of pages10
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Children
  • Domestic violence
  • Externalizing behavior problems
  • Internalizing behavior problems
  • Marital status
  • Poverty status

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