In what ways does domestic violence affect a mother’s ability to parent?

Savidge, Freya (2015) In what ways does domestic violence affect a mother’s ability to parent? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this literature review was to explore the ways in which domestic violence affects a mother’s ability to parent. The effect of domestic violence on children is well documented in research, and is very often a child protection concern. This literature review sought to gain some understanding of the nature of parenting under the shadow of domestic violence in order to find more productive ways of working with families. A search of the current literature on domestic violence was conducted, restricting articles to peer reviewed journals dated between 2004-2015, based on UK studies where the primary focus was mothering and domestic violence. Seven studies were selected and reviewed using thematic analysis. Findings from the five identified themes suggest that domestic violence can impact a mother’s ability to parent in a variety of ways, not only through the perpetrator’s attempts to undermine her parenting and to sever the mother-child bond, but also through mental health difficulties, behavioural difficulties exhibited by children witnessing domestic violence and professional involvements. Recommendations for social work practice are made.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 12:24
    Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 12:24

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