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Witnessing domestiv abuse in childhood as an independent risk factor for depressive symptoms in young childhood.

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dc.contributor.author Russell, D., Springer K.W., & Greenfield, E. A.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-11T18:48:00Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-11T18:48:00Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Russell, D., Springer K.W., & Greenfield, E. A. (2010). Witnessing domestiv abuse in childhood as an independent risk factor for depressive symptoms in young childhood. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(6), 448-453 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2872053/pdf/nihms188895.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1218
dc.description.abstract Objective—This study addresses the relationship between retrospective reports of witnessing domestic abuse in childhood and levels of depressive symptoms in young adulthood. We examine whether the association between having witnessed violence in childhood and depression is independent of having been the direct target of sexual and/or physical abuse, as well as other characteristics and experiences linked with family violence. Method—We used two waves of data collected from a sample of 1,175 young adults (ages 20 to 24) in Miami, Florida. Retrospective self-reports of witnessed abuse and measures of family context and adversities were obtained in 1998–2000. The respondents' level of depressive symptoms was assessed two years later in 2000–2002. Results—Multivariate results indicate that frequently having witnessed domestic abuse predicts higher levels of depressive symptoms in young adulthood, independently of other risk factors for depression and family violence. Conclusion—Results provide preliminary evidence that frequent exposure to domestic abuse is an independent risk factor for depressive symptoms in young adulthood. Practice implications—Results support a renewed call for (a) increased attention to depression among children exposed to adults' interpersonal violence, and (b) greater efforts to bridge prevention and intervention efforts regarding domestic violence and child maltreatment. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Child Abuse & Neglect en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject domestic violence en_US
dc.subject long term effects en_US
dc.title Witnessing domestiv abuse in childhood as an independent risk factor for depressive symptoms in young childhood. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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