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A critical literature review of marital violence and the women who witnessed it during their childhood years

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dc.contributor.author Bernhardt, Shelley
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-29T12:19:14Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-29T12:19:14Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10-29T12:19:14Z
dc.date.submitted 2004-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1408
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract This study explores the ways in which children are affected by witnessing domestic violence. The literature reviewed shows that witnessing violence against their mother’s impacts upon their development in many different ways. The wide-range of problems associated with children exposed to wife abuse, including significant behavioural, emotional and cognitive problems, are described in this study. The outcomes and consequences are also discussed. Children respond to witnessing domestic violence in a variety of ways. These responses are mediated by many factors, for example, their age and gender, the intensity and frequency of the violence, parental responses, levels of family dysfunction, and the psychological disposition of the child. Children’s experiences vary according to these many characteristics. This study also examines various theoretical perspectives on exposure to domestic violence. These approaches provide an important framework that contributes to this understanding of this phenomenon. There are many shortcomings in this area research, and an in-depth understanding of the phenomena of witnessing marital violence during childhood is lacking. There is also minimal research examining the long-term consequences of exposure to marital violence, particularly with regard to the way that women’s lives are impacted upon as adults. en
dc.description.sponsorship Dr. I. van der Merwe Prof. R.van Vuuren en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Family violence en
dc.subject Children and violence en
dc.subject Victims of family violence en
dc.title A critical literature review of marital violence and the women who witnessed it during their childhood years en
dc.type Thesis en


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