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Estimating Canadian childhood exposure to intimate partner violence and other risky parental behaviors

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posted on 2018-07-27, 00:00 authored by C Kaukinen, RA Powers, Silke Meyer
Using victimization data, this study provides national estimates of childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and other risky parental behaviors. According to respondent reports, 13% of these families are characterized by emotional abuse and 5% by physical violence. This equates to over 765,000 Canadian children potentially exposed to domestic abuse that includes emotional abuse and over 294,000 children exposed to physical violence. Our research further identifies that children residing in family households experiencing IPV are exposed to a multitude of other high-risk parental behaviors. When compared to children in nonvictim households, children in households experiencing IPV are more likely to have a parent using medications for sleep, to calm down, for depression, or having a parent that engages in binge drinking. These findings point to the importance of interventions addressing a multitude of risk factors present in families affected by IPV to minimize the adverse impacts on children.

History

Volume

13

Issue

2-3

Start Page

199

End Page

218

Number of Pages

20

eISSN

1537-940X

ISSN

1537-9418

Publisher

Routledge

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA; University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of Child Custody

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