A literature review to examine the effects of witnessing domestic violence on the pre-school age group

Dowding, Marianne (2010) A literature review to examine the effects of witnessing domestic violence on the pre-school age group. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Domestic violence is not a new phenomenon, the effects on both women and children has prompted a considerable amount of research over the past thirty years. The feminist movement during the 1970s successfully transformed domestic violence from a private matter to the public domain. Children were referred to as the "invisible victims" (Osofsky, 1995), hence the title of this paper. This dissertation intends to establish the impact that domestic violence has upon pre-school age children by exploring the literature appertaining to physical and emotional difficulties. This dissertation intends to achieve its aims by reviewing existing literature from books and journals from both UK and international sources. The literature review identified that pre-school age children who witness domestic violence are significantly affected, displaying emotional/ behavioural difficulties, as well as high levels of aggression and anxiety. Furthermore, adverse outcomes such as trauma symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been observed. The research over the last ten years has communicated very clearly that the impact on children who are exposed to domestic violence is far greater than had previously been implied. (Overlien, 2009).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/792

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