Children Exposed to Marital Violence: Theory, Research, and Applied Issues

Pages: 450
Item #: 4318651
ISBN: 978-1-55798-781-5
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1998
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Children exposed to marital violence have been called "the silent victims," but a growing body of literature shows that children who "merely" witness violence at home are at risk for a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems.

This book examines how children are affected and analyzes the complex interactions that determine why some children are affected more than others. This volume represents an important advance in our understanding of this underestimated social problem.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1998 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction: The Development of Research Into Another Consequence of Family Violence
    —George W. Holden

I. Theoretical and Conceptual Issues

  1. The Impact of Woman Abuse on Children's Social Development: Research and Theoretical Perspectives
    —Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
  2. Children Exposed to Marital Conflict and Violence: Conceptual and Theoretical Directions
    —E. Mark Cummings
  3. Children as Invisible Victims of Domestic and Community Violence
    —Joy D. Osofsky

II. Research

  1. Using Multiple Informants to Understand Domestic Violence and Its Effects
    —Kathleen J. Sternberg, Michael E. Lamb, and Samia Dawud-Noursi
  2. Correlates of Adjustment in Children at Risk
    —Timothy E. Moore and Debra J. Pepler
  3. Heterogeneity in Adjustment Among Children of Battered Women
    —Honore M. Hughes and Douglas A. Luke
  4. Descartes's Error and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Cognition and Emotion in Children Who Are Exposed to Parental Violence
    —B. B. Robbie Rossman
  5. The Emotional, Cognitive, and Coping Responses of Preadolescent Children to Different Dimensions of Marital Conflict
    —Mark A. Laumakis, Gayla Margolin, and Richard S. John
  6. Parenting Behaviors and Beliefs of Battered Women
    —George W. Holden, Joshua D. Stein, Kathy L. Ritchie, Susan D. Harris, and Ernest N. Jouriles

III. Applied Issues

  1. Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Helping Families Departing From Battered Women's Shelters
    —Ernest N. Jouriles, Renee McDonald, Nanette Stephens, William Norwood, Laura Collazos Spiller, and Holly Shinn Ware
  2. Child Custody Disputes and Domestic Violence: Critical Issues for Mental Health, Social Service, and Legal Professionals
    —Peter G. Jaffe and Robert Geffner
  3. Appraisal and Outlook
    —George W. Holden, Robert Geffner, and Ernest N. Jouriles

Name Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

George W. Holden is associate professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin. He received his BA from Yale University and his MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since earning his degree in developmental psychology with a minor in social psychology, he has been on the faculty at the University of Texas. From 1995 to 1997 he served as the director of the Institute of Human Development and Family Studies.

Dr. Holden's research interests are in the area of social development, with a focus on parent–child relationships. He is especially interested in understanding the determinants of parental behavior, parental social cognition, and the causes and effects of family violence. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

He is the author of numerous scientific articles and chapters and the book Parents and the Dynamics of Child Rearing (Westview Press, 1997). He is also the coeditor (along with J. Touliatos and B. Perlmutter) of the forthcoming second edition of Family Measurement Techniques (Sage Press).

Robert Geffner is the founder and president of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute and a founding member of the East Texas Crisis Center and Shelter for Battered Women and their Children, both in Tyler, TX. A licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor who also holds a diplomate in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, Dr. Geffner was the clinical director of a large private practice mental health clinic in Tyler for more than 15 years. He has been a faculty member at the National Judicial College since 1990 and was a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler for 16 years. He has also served on several national and state committees dealing with various aspects of family psychology, family violence, child abuse, and family law, and he has been a consultant for the Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, the Department of Defense, and various branches of the military.

He is the editor of several journals, including Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin; Journal of Child Sexual Abuse; and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma; co-editor of The Journal of Emotional Abuse; the co-author and co-editor of numerous books, including A Psychoeducational Approach for Ending Wife/Partner Abuse: A Program Manual for Treating Individuals and Couples (with C. Mantootch) and Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home: Current Issues, Interventions and Research in Spousal Battering and Child Maltreatment (with S. Sorenson and P. Lundberg-Love); and the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and research papers on family violence, sexual assault, child abuse, family and child psychology, custody issues, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and diagnostic assessment.

Ernest N. Jouriles is associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston. He received his BA from Indiana University at Bloomington and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Since earning his degree in clinical psychology, he has been on the faculty at the University of Houston. Dr. Jouriles's interests are in understanding and ameliorating the negative effects of marital conflict and violence on children.

He has published numerous scientific articles in the areas of marital conflict and child adjustment, domestic violence, and child maltreatment. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Interagency Consortium on Violence Against Women and Violence Within the Family Research, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the George Foundation, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Dr. Jouriles received an early career award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy for his research on marital and child problems.