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Youth who physically assault their parents

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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.

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Paulson, M.J., Coombs, R.H. & Landsverk, J. Youth who physically assault their parents. J Fam Viol 5, 121–133 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00978515

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