Assessing children's exposure to intimate partner violence

John F. Knutson, Erika Lawrence, Sarah M. Taber, Lew Bank, David S. Degarmo

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Child exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) is widely acknowledged as a threat to the psycho-social and academic well-being of children. Unfortunately, as reflected in the literature, the specific link between such exposure and childhood outcomes is ambiguous. Based on a review of the literature, this article suggests that this state of affairs is due, in part, to the manner with which exposure to IPV is operationally defined. After reviewing the dominant strategies for operationally defining exposure to IPV and the problems associated with those strategies, this article reports original data contrasting three measures derived from maternal reports, three measures derived from child reports, and the limited concordance among those different indices of exposure to IPV. The implications of these findings for research on child outcomes and the clinical assessment of children who might have been exposed to IPV are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Child exposure
  • Child report
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Parent report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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