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Am J Public Health. 2009 Jan;99(1):175-83. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.126722. Epub 2008 Nov 13.

Intimate partner violence, maternal stress, nativity, and risk for maternal maltreatment of young children.

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Department of Community Health Sciences, 1440 Canal St, Suite 2301 TW19, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA. ctaylor5@tulane.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the associations of intimate partner violence (IPV) and maternal risk factors with maternal child maltreatment risk within a diverse sample of mothers.

METHODS:

We derived the study sample (N=2508) from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study. We conducted regression analyses to examine associations between IPV, parenting stress, major depression, key covariates, and 4 proxy variables for maternal child maltreatment.

RESULTS:

Mothers reported an average of 25 acts of psychological aggression and 17 acts of physical aggression against their 3-year-old children in the year before the study, 11% reported some act of neglect toward their children during the same period, and 55% had spanked their children during the previous month. About 40% of mothers had experienced IPV by their current partner. IPV and maternal parenting stress were both consistent risk factors for all 4 maltreatment proxy variables. Although foreign-born mothers reported fewer incidents of child maltreatment, the IPV relative risk for child maltreatment was greater for foreign-born than for US-born mothers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further integration of IPV and child maltreatment prevention and intervention efforts is warranted; such efforts must carefully balance the needs of adult and child victims.

PMID:
19008518
PMCID:
PMC2636621
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2007.126722
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