The experience of living with violence for preadolescent children of battered women

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Abstract

Based on in-depth interviews with preadolescents and their mothers, a detailed description is provided of the experience of children who were exposed to violence at home. Findings are organized into five semichronological phases: (a) living with ordinary fights, (b) witnessing violent events, (c) being challenged by mothers 'public confrontations of the violence, (d) adjusting to new realities in the long-term aftermath of violence, and (e) living with violence as a history. Discussion centers on the meanings of secret, witnessing, and exposure. Results indicate potential directions for understanding, studying, and intervening with children exposed to women-battering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-430
Number of pages36
JournalYouth and Society
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1998

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