The Effects of Domestic Violence and Community Context on Children's Development

Michael L. Benson, University of Cincinnati
Greer Litton Fox, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Julie Ann Schluterman, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

The study draws upon research from several disciplines to investigate whether neighborhood contexts are a source of risk and protective factors that can mediate and moderate the harmful effects of interparental violence on children's development. Using data from waves 1 and 2 of the National Survey of Families and Households and from the 1990 U.S. Census, we create measures of family and community risk and protective factors. We then examine how interparental violence affects children from low and balanced versus high-risk families who are embeded in quasi-communities of differing levels of risk.

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