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Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 277–285 | Cite as

Symptomatology of Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

  • Jeffrey N. Wherry
  • Elizabeth A. Medford
  • Kimberly Corson
Original Article

Abstract

This study utilized parent ratings and self-report in assessing symptoms in children exposed to domestic violence, and in some cases, physical abuse. Data were collected from 83 parents and children in a domestic violence shelter. Children, ages 8–16, completed a questionnaire regarding exposure to physical abuse/DV and the TSCC—Alternate form (TSCC-A; Briere 1996). Parents of children, ages 3–12, completed the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC; Briere 2005). Parent t-scores on were higher than matched t-scores for child self-report. Parent scores on most clinical scales were higher for Caucasian than non-Caucasian parents. Female children were rated as more depressed by their parents than males. Symptoms scores were positively correlated with the observation and experience of domestic violence.

Keywords

Domestic violence Mental health Children Adolescents Assessment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research InstituteDallas Children’s Advocacy CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Human Development and Family StudiesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  3. 3.Houston Public Media and the University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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