Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 283–305 | Cite as

Racial/ethnic differences among battered women and their children

  • Maura O'Keefe
Regular Papers


Ethnicity/race has received relatively little attention in the spousal violence literature. Wheares some investigators have found that spousal abuse is more prevalent in minority populations, particularly among African-American families, other investigators found no racial/ethnic differences. The studies that do exist have focused primarily on prevalence rates of spousal violence and have not examined other family or contextual factors. Also, no studies have examined whether race/ethnicity impacts the emotional and behavioral adjustment of children exposed to marital violence. The purpose of the present study is to provide descriptive and analytic information on a sample of acially/ethnically diverse battered women and their children assessing their backgrounds, amount of violence, family functioning and child adjustment. Findings indicate few statistically significant racial/ethnic differences on numerous background and family functioning measures. The implications of the findings are discussed.

Key Words

family violence battered women race/ethnicity children spousal abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maura O'Keefe
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  1. 1.School of Social Work, MRF 213University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles

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