The silent victims: a literature review to examine the impact of domestic violence on a baby’s development

Waltham, Debra (2010) The silent victims: a literature review to examine the impact of domestic violence on a baby’s development. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Both a mother and her baby’s life are being put at risk as a result of domestic violence, at both the prenatal and postnatal stage. As a result of babies not being able to articulate verbally their feelings of living with domestic violence, they are the silent victims of domestic violence. This dissertation set out to examine the impact that domestic violence can have on a baby’s development, pre-birth to two years old. The chosen approach to address the research question was that of undertaking a literature review to analyse a range of literature. A key finding was that infants as young as one year old displayed trauma symptoms as a result of witnessing or being exposed to domestic violence. Another finding was how domestic violence can impact on and be central to a mother’s ability to carry out her parenting role as a result of the trauma and stress associated with it, resulting in a disorganised attachment being formed. Longitudinal observational studies within the community and not just women’s refuges need to be undertaken to gain a more detailed and comprehensive understanding of the impact of domestic violence on an infant’s development.

    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/797

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