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


  • Yoo, Jeong Ah
  • Huang, Chien-Chung


Using four waves across 5years 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.

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  • Yoo, Jeong Ah & Huang, Chien-Chung, 2012. "The effects of domestic violence on children's behavior problems: Assessing the moderating roles of poverty and marital status," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(12), pages 2464-2473.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:12:p:2464-2473
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.09.014

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    1. Sonia M. Frias & Ronald J. Angel, 2007. "Stability and Change in the Experience of Partner Violence Among Low-Income Women," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 88(5), pages 1281-1306.
    2. Huang, Chien-Chung & Wang, Lih-Rong & Warrener, Corinne, 2010. "Effects of domestic violence on behavior problems of preschool-aged children: Do maternal mental health and parenting mediate the effects?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(10), pages 1317-1323, October.
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    1. Yoo, Jeong Ah, 2014. "Racial variations in the link between domestic violence and children's behavioral outcomes," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 90-99.


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