Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Family Violence Affects One Out of Four Kids

More than a quarter of school-age children have been exposed to physical violence between their parents, according to the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center. And although exposure to parental violence may take many forms, 90 percent of children were direct eyewitnesses to at least one violent incident. The study involved interviews with caregivers and youth about the experiences of a nationally representative sample of 4,549 children under the age of 17. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released earlier this year found an increased level of family violence among both bullied students and their tormentors. Read more about this issue in Psychiatric News and Preventing Bullying and School Violence, available from American Psychiatric Publishing.

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