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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 681–692 | Cite as

Perceived Quality of Life and Health Complaints in Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

  • Karin K. GripEmail author
  • Kjerstin Almqvist
  • Ulf Axberg
  • Anders G. Broberg
RESEARCH ON CHILDREN’S EXPOSURE TO IPV

Abstract

Children 9 to 13 years old exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) reported on their violence exposure, attachment to both parents, temperament (negative emotionality and emotion regulation), perceived quality of life, and health complaints. Half of the children perceived their quality of life as good and did not have recurrent health complaints. When controlling for socioeconomic status, health complaints were associated with higher IPV exposure and negative emotionality, whereas quality of life was associated with attachment security, higher capacity for emotion regulation, and lower negative emotionality. These results underscore the importance of increasing and supporting the capacity of children exposed to IPV to handle and express their emotions, as well as making school nurses and other primary care practitioners more attentive to IPV as a possible background factor in children’s health complaints.

Keywords

Intimate partner violence Subjective health Health complaints Quality of life Well-being Attachment Negative emotionality Emotion regulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin K. Grip
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kjerstin Almqvist
    • 2
  • Ulf Axberg
    • 1
  • Anders G. Broberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGothenburg UniversityGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden

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