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The effects of observing conjugal violence on children: A review and analysis of research methodology

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This review specifically addresses the effects on children of observing conjugal violence. A research of six major computer databases revealed 1764 references on family violence of which 29 articles dealt directly with the effects on children. These articles were judged by independent raters using a 56-item rating system designed to analyze methodological and assessment issues of empirical investigations. This analysis summarized these research efforts and indicated the need for more careful consideration of definitional, subject variable, familial stress, and reactive vs long-term effect issues. Additionally, specific proposals for future research were outlined; suggestions related to these issues, and some new directions for investigation were provided.

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Fantuzzo, J.W., Lindquist, C.U. The effects of observing conjugal violence on children: A review and analysis of research methodology. J Fam Viol 4, 77–94 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00985658

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  • conjugal violence
  • observation of family violence
  • research methodology