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, 20 (4), 544-52

Domestic Violence, Maternal Parenting, Maternal Mental Health, and Infant Externalizing Behavior

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Domestic Violence, Maternal Parenting, Maternal Mental Health, and Infant Externalizing Behavior

Alytia A Levendosky et al. J Fam Psychol.

Abstract

This study examined whether maternal functioning mediated the relationship between domestic violence (DV) and infant externalizing behavior. Participants were 203 mother-infant dyads. Support was found for a partially mediated model in which maternal functioning mediated the relationship between current DV and infant externalizing behaviors. Past DV was directly associated with infants' externalizing behavior. Results suggest the need for early intervention and prevention efforts for families living with DV.

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