Coercive control, domestic violence and a five-factor framework Five factors that influence closeness, distance and strain in mother-child relationships

Katz, Emma (2018) Coercive control, domestic violence and a five-factor framework Five factors that influence closeness, distance and strain in mother-child relationships. Violence Against Women. ISSN 10778012 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Some mother-child relationships become more strained and distant than others in domestic violence contexts, but the processes influencing this are little understood. Qualitative interviews with 15 mothers and 15 children were held to explore their experiences. Findings suggested that five interlinked factors influenced levels of closeness, distance and strain in mother-child relationships: (1) Perpetrator’s/father’s behaviour towards children, (2) Perpetrator’s/father’s use of domestic violence, (3) Perpetrator’s/father’s undermining of mother-child relationship, (4) Mother’s ability to emotionally connect to children, and (5) Children’s views of mother and perpetrator/father. These findings have global significance for services and practitioners who work with domestic violence-experienced mothers and children, and may help to tailor responses more effectively to mothers’ and children’s needs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal Violence Against Women.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Emma Katz
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 10:56
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 11:07
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2584

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