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

J Fam Psychol. 2006 Dec;20(4):544-52. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.20.4.544.

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.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Domestic Violence / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*