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The Impact of Violence on Children

Show simple item record Osofsky, J. D. 2014-09-15T15:40:44Z 2014-09-15T15:40:44Z 1999
dc.identifier.citation Osofsky, J. D. (1999). The impact of violence on children. The future of children, 9(3),33-49. en_US
dc.description.abstract Existing research on the effects of children's exposure to violence covers a broad range of community, family, and media violence. This research is relevant and useful to an examination of domestic violence in two key ways. First, understanding how exposure to various types of violence affects children and what best enables them to cope can point to important considerations when trying to help children cope with exposure to domestic violence in particular. And second, many families experiencing domestic violence are exposed to other types of violence as well. Exposure to violence on multiple levels can affect the parents' behavior and can compound the effects on children. This article begins with an overview of the extent of children's exposure to various types of violence, and then examines what is known about the effects of this exposure across the developmental continuum. Key protective factors for children exposed to violence are examined. Research indicates that the most important resource protecting children from the negative effects of exposure to violence is a strong relationship with a competent, caring, positive adult, most often a parent. Yet, when parents are themselves witnesses to or victims of violence, they may have difficulty fulfilling this role. In the final section, directions for future research are discussed. (Author Summary) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Future of Children en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject exposure to violence en_US
dc.subject domestic violence en_US
dc.subject interpersonal violence en_US
dc.subject family violence en_US
dc.subject long term effects en_US
dc.title The Impact of Violence on Children en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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