Intimate partner violence victimization and parenting stress: Assessing the mediating role of depressive symptoms

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Abstract

Guided by the spillover hypothesis and process model of parenting, this study examined relationships between intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization and parenting characteristics among a sample of 1,153 lower-income women. Hierarchical regression was used to investigate a mediational model examining women's self-reports of physical and psychological IPV, depressive symptoms, and parenting stress. Results suggest that depressive symptoms partially mediate the link between a mother's psychological IPV victimization and later self-reported parenting stress. Findings from this study highlight the importance of including maternal psychopathology and other stress and support variables when assessing parenting outcomes among women with histories of IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1380-1401
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Parenting stress
  • Relationship violence

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