Profiles of Behavioral Problems in Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

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					Violence and Victims, Volume 23, Number 1, 2008




              Profiles of Behavioral Problems
                in Children Who Witness
                    Domestic Violence
                                James C. Spilsbury, PhD
                    Case School of Medicine, and Mental Health Services for
                           Homeless Persons, Inc., Cleveland, OH

                                 Shoshana Kahana, PhD
                       Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc.,
                        and Case School of Medicine,
				
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Description: Unlike previous investigations of shelter-based samples, our study examined whether profiles of adjustment problems occurred in a community-program-based sample of 175 school-aged children exposed to domestic violence. Cluster analysis revealed three stable profiles/clusters. The largest cluster (69%) consisted of children below clinical thresholds for any internalizing or externalizing problem. Children in the next largest cluster (18%) were characterized as having externalizing problems with or without internalizing problems. The smallest cluster (13%) consisted of children with internalizing problems only. Comparison across demographic and violence characteristics revealed that the profiles differed by child gender, mother's education, child's lifetime exposure to violence, and aspects of the event precipitating contact with the community program. Clinical and future research implications of study findings are discussed. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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