The Social Mechanism Linking Inter-Parental and Parent-to-Child Physical Violence

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This study aims to examine the link between various forms of inter-parental and parent-to-child physical violence as reported by 352 young adults who experienced it in childhood. It was found that: parent-to-child violence is more prevalent than inter-parental violence; most parents who batter their partners also beat their children; a minority of parents who batter their children beat their partners; most parents who exert severe violence forms in a given violence type also use milder ones; a minority of those using mild violence also exerts severe violence forms. The findings indicate that the chronicity of the various forms (mild and severe) of parent-to-child violence is higher in the group with inter-parental violence than in the parent-to-child violence only group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-728
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number6
StatePublished - 26 Aug 2015

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  • Corporal punishment
  • Family violence
  • Inter-parental violence
  • Physical violence victimization
  • Social norms
  • Types of violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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