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Master of Science


Sociology & Anthropology


Some studies have shown that children who witness domestic violence against a family member or experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse will often display behavioral risk factors such as increased suicidal ideation. Using social learning as the theoretical basis, this study examined factors that are associated with suicidal ideation in children of domestic violence, such as witnessing domestic violence, experiencing physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and experiencing abuse perpetrated by a parental figure. Results showed that while witnessing domestic violence alone did not affect suicidal ideation, the combination of witnessing domestic violence and being sexually abused was strongly associated with suicidal ideation, as was having a perpetrator who was a stepparent, and having a perpetrator who was a parental figure who threatened suicide and/or homicide. Implications for further research are addressed.


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June 2008