Thursday, January 15, 2015

"Kids of Single Parents More Likely to Witness Domestic Violence"

From the Institute for Families Studies, a thoughtful analysis of why children of divorce/separated, or never-married parents are exposed to much higher rates of domestic violence. Intuitively you would expect these results for separated parents, but fewer people would expect it for never-married mothers (which harks back to my earlier post this week about child abuse and non-biological fathers. Partner abuse often translates into child abuse, whether intentionally or accidentally.)
Many studies have found that young people raised in single-parent families show more achievement and behavior problems than those who grow up with both their biological parents. Family sociologists often attribute these developmental problems to the meager financial resources that single parents command, and the less adequate supervision they can exercise over their offspring. But research has also shown that childhood disturbances are linked to conflict between parents, especially when the conflict is intense or prolonged. My analysis of recent national survey data here shows that children of divorced and never-married parents are far more likely to have been exposed to domestic violence than children in married two-parent families.

Source: Zill, N. (2014). Analysis of public use microdata file from 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(Hat-tip Bob McCoskrie)


JC said...

God help the Govt of the day which gets its generalised policies about domestic abuse exposed like the recent police blitzes on the 101kph rule, the Not One Drink is safe rule with the lowering of the alcohol limits and the hounding of Uber taxis on behalf of the legacy taxi industry.

Increasingly it looks like a politician like Ron Mark who will point out that we are all taxed and made guilty about domestic abuse just like the police have criminalised us over the above three cases by ignoring the real culprits of road deaths and high taxi costs.

The evidence of who does the DV in NZ is just overwhelming yet we diffuse our response by spreading blame and tax dollars over everyone as opposed to taking the brutal actions required against the perpetrators.


barry the wrestler said...

this is the basis of the surveys results...' parents of 95,677 children aged 17 and under were asked whether their child had ever seen or heard “any parents, guardians, or any other adults in the home slap, hit, kick, punch, or beat each other up.”

My contention is that people /couples living the American Dream are way more likely to LIE,to assuage their own guilt and deny reality.