Domestic Violence, Children's Agency and Mother-Child Relationships: Towards a More Advanced Model

Katz, Emma (2013) Domestic Violence, Children's Agency and Mother-Child Relationships: Towards a More Advanced Model. Children & Society. n/a-n/a. ISSN 09510605

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Abstract

Although domestic violence research increasingly recognises children's agency, this awareness has not extended to our understanding of children's relationships with their abused mothers. Findings suggesting that some children actively support their mother, and encourage her to leave the perpetrator, have been consistently under-discussed. This article argues that the model of parent–child relationships used by most domestic violence research sees children as passive and contributes to mother-blaming discourses. Analysing key quantitative and qualitative research, I suggest that a more sophisticated model of parent–child relationships is needed to understand how children's agency affects them, their mothers and the domestic violence situation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: agency; bilateral model; domestic violence; mother-blaming; parentification
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Work, Care and Justice
Depositing User: Users 3 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 14:18
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 14:35
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/356

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