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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Psychological Considerations for Health Care Practitioners

Martin, Suzanne G. PsyD


This article reviews the psychological impact of exposure to domestic violence on child development. The purpose is to give insight to the following questions: How does the experience of family violence affect a child's perception of the world and relationships with others? What type of coping style might this same child be likely to develop? What factors help protect a child who has been exposed to violence in the home? In addition, the article discusses assessment considerations for health care practitioners and recommends areas for future research and public policy development.

Licensed Psychologist, Director of Assessment and Admission Services, Friends Behavioral Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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