Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 373–387

Violence and Aggression in the Lives of Homeless Children


DOI: 10.1007/s10896-005-7799-3

Cite this article as:
Anooshian, L.J. J Fam Viol (2005) 20: 373. doi:10.1007/s10896-005-7799-3


The present research examined the role of violence and aggression in the lives of children in homeless families, focusing on possible connections among family violence, children's aggression, and children's problems with social isolation and rejection. Measures were obtained from structured interviews with 93 sets of mothers and children. Consistent with past research, average estimates of specific violent incidents experienced by mothers (as adults) were quite high. Measures of this family violence were reliably correlated with children's behavior problems as well as with measures of aggression in peer relationships (victimization, ease of resolving fights with friends).Finally, results of regression analyses were most consistent with a model in which family violenceand economic distress contributed to problematic aggressive behaviors among children; that aggression, in turn, appeared to lead to social isolation and avoidance. The overall results emphasized the need to address violence and aggression in any intervention programs for homeless children and families.

Key Words

homelessness violence aggression social relationships 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoise State UniversityBoise
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBoise State UniversityBoise

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