CitationSavage, Joanne; Palmer, Jane E; & Martin, Alison B (2014). Intergenerational Transmission: Physical Abuse and Violent vs. Nonviolent Criminal Outcomes. Journal of Family Violence. vol. 29 (7) pp. 739-748
AbstractIn this paper we test several specific hypotheses derived from the intergenerational transmission of violence thesis to see if exposure to physical abuse has a special role in the etiology of violence. We employ a systematic statistical approach using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Our findings suggest that a history of physical abuse is strongly associated with frequency of violence, but the association is not specific to violence and is mediated by their common association with nonviolent offending. Further, the association between physical abuse and violence is not significantly larger than the association between neglect or sexual abuse and violence. In summary, the data suggest that the association between abuse and violence is not unique to physical abuse and that the impact of physical abuse is not specific to violent behavior.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Family Violence
Palmer, Jane E
Martin, Alison B