Good parenting may equate to resilience to domestic violence exposure

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Parenting can determine whether or not a child is able to cope with the stresses of exposure to domestic violence. A study published in the March/April issue of Child Development found that around half of children exposed to domestic violence were resilient to psychological harm due to good parenting and individual personality. According to the study, children who observed the abuse of their mother and did not internalize or externalize symptoms but rather possessed positive coping skills were 61% more likely to have an easy temperament. Conversely, the researchers reported that children exposed to domestic violence as a whole were at 3.7 times greater risk of internalizing or externalizing symptoms than their peers who were not exposed.

Authors of the study commenting on the findings stated, “Children who experience intermittent domestic violence exposure might benefit from periods of less stress and of relatively higher-quality family functioning… mothers with good mental health are more likely to model appropriate responses to stressful events and help their children achieve healthy emotion regulation.” Click here to read an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that discusses the findings more.

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