Relationship abuse and victims' posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: Associations with child behavior problems

Jillian Panuzio, Casey T. Taft*, Danielle A. Black, Karestan C. Koenen, Christopher M. Murphy

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Abstract

This study examined associations among male-to-female physical and psychological relationship aggression, female partners' PTSD symptoms, and behavior problems among the children (n∈=∈62) of men enrolled in a treatment program for relationship abuse perpetration. Psychological aggression was a stronger predictor of child behavior problems than physical assault. Restrictive engulfment and hostile withdrawal behaviors evidenced the strongest bivariate associations with child behavior problems, and were the strongest predictors of this outcome when considering four distinct forms of psychological aggression together. Victim PTSD symptoms largely mediated the effects of psychological aggression on child behavior. Findings suggest that male-to-female psychological aggression and victim PTSD symptoms play an important role in understanding behavior problems among children living with male relationship abuse perpetrators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007

Keywords

  • Child behavior
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological aggression
  • Relationship abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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