Beyond searching for deficits: Evidence that physically and emotionally abused women are nurturing parents

Jennifer Juras, Cris M. Sullivan, Huong Nguyen, Nicole Allen, Deborah Bybee

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Abstract

Examined are the interrelationships between women's experience of physical and emotional abuse, their parenting stress, quality of maternal parenting, and children's behavioral adjustment. Eighty women who had a history of recent domestic violence and their children aged 7-11 participated in the study. Mothers and their children agreed that the mothers were emotionally available to their children, and that mothers were more likely to use noncorporal punishment with their children than corporal punishment. Multivariate analysis indicated that mothers' experience of physical and emotional abuse had no direct impact on their level of parenting stress or use of discipline with their children. Rather, assailants' abuse of mothers had a direct impact on children's behavioral adjustment. The study illuminates the importance of identifying battered women's parenting strengths and asssets. Research and policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-71
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Emotional Abuse
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Battered women
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Family violence
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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