03 May 2019

Intimate partner violence as a mechanism underlying the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment among economically disadvantaged mothers and their adolescent daughters

This study investigated if intimate partner violence (IPV) which often co-occurs with child maltreatment may represent a pathway through which risk for child abuse and neglect is transmitted across generations within a family by examining if IPV is a propagating process through which risk of child abuse and neglect is conferred from parent to child. Mothers' history of maltreatment was associated with both their IPV involvement and their adolescent daughters’ maltreatment victimisation. Maternal IPV also partially accounted for the continuity of maltreatment victimisation from mother to adolescent. There was also evidence that the adolescent daughters with maltreatment histories were like their mothers, also involved in abusive intimate relationships.