A Futher Look at the Intergenerational Transmission of Violence: Witnessing Interparental Violence in Emerging Adulthood

Black, D. S.,
Sussman, S.,
Unger, J. B.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2010
SAGE Publications
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(6); 1022-1042: June 2010
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The intergenerational transmission of violence has been a main theoretical consideration to explain the link between interparental aggression in the family of origin and intimate partner violence (IPV) in subsequent intimate relationships, say these authors. Studies have examined this theoretical link based on self-reports of interparental violence witnessed during childhood and adolescence. However, no study has examined whether emerging adults who currently witness interparental violence are more likely to exhibit violence in their own intimate relationships. In this study, the authors analyzed data from undergraduate students (n=223) attending an ethnically diverse Southern California university. They used multivariate linear regression analyses to examine the impact of witnessing interparental violence on the physical and psychological IPV experienced in emerging adult relationships. They also tested the joint effects of witnessing both forms of interparental violence. Results provided support for the intergenerational transmission of violence for specific types of violence. Modified Author Abstract.

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