Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 121–133 | Cite as

Youth who physically assault their parents

  • Morris J. Paulson
  • Robert H. Coombs
  • John Landsverk
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Abstract

The relationship between physical assault upon parents by their offspring and social and psychological variables is analyzed in this study of 445 California families, half of whom are Hispanic and half Anglo. Results indicate that the assaulting of parents reflects a generalized pattern of negative parent-child relationships and diminished sense of well-being by youngsters.

Key words

domestic violence assault upon parents abusive offspring ethnicity 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morris J. Paulson
    • 1
  • Robert H. Coombs
    • 1
  • John Landsverk
    • 1
  1. 1.UCLA School of MedicineLos Angeles

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