Co-occurrence of child and partner maltreatment: Definitions, prevalence, theory, and implications for assessment

Lauren Knickerbocker, Richard E. Heyman, Amy M.Smith Slep, Ernest N. Jouriles, Renee McDonald

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Abstract

This paper addresses issues in the literature regarding the co-occurrence of partner and child physical maltreatment in the United States and in Europe. Design issues including operationalizations, representativeness of samples, data collection methods, and reference periods are discussed in the context of prevalence studies. Next, possible explanations for the pervasiveness of co-occurring maltreatment are explored with an emphasis on theoretical models and mechanisms of co-occurrence. Finally, we offer assessment implications for clinicians and agencies dealing with partner and child maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-44
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Psychologist
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Co-occurrence
  • Family violence
  • Partner violence
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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