Examining partner and child abuse: Are we ready for a more integrated approach to family violence?

Amy M.Smith Smith Slep, Susan G. O'Leary

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Research and treatment for partner abuse and child abuse are relatively distinct enterprises, yet when the theoretical and research literatures related to these two forms of family violence are examined together, the likelihood of meaningful associations is strikingly apparent. Partner abuse and child abuse co-occur more often than one might expect by chance, and in the context of overlapping theories and risk factors, this suggests that a more integrated conceptualization might be fruitful. We summarize and provide a framework for describing the large number of similar predictors of partner and child abuse, identify some potentially interesting dyadic differences, comment on how our research methodologies could address an integrated area of family violence, and suggest some directions for future research and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-107
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2001


  • Child abuse
  • Family violence
  • Parents
  • Partner abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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