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Dev Psychopathol. 2005 Spring;17(2):385-96.

Preschooler witnesses of marital violence: predictors and mediators of child behavior problems.

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  • 1University of California, San Francisco, USA. alicial@itsa.uscf.edu

Abstract

This paper describes a conceptual approach to understanding the impact of marital violence on preschoolers, examines the predictors and mediators of child behavioral problems in a clinical sample of multiethnic preschoolers who witnessed their mothers' battering by their father figure, and presents empirical evidence supporting the use of relationship-based therapeutic modalities in treating preschoolers exposed to violence. We find that exposure to violence and maternal life stress are each predictive of child behavior problems, and that the impact of maternal life stress on child behavior problems is mediated by maternal psychopathology and the quality of the mother-child relationship.

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