Symptomatology of Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Jeffrey N. Wherry, Elizabeth A. Medford, Kimberly Corson

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This study utilized parent ratings and self-report in assessing symptoms in children exposed to domestic violence, and in some cases, physical abuse. Data were collected from 83 parents and children in a domestic violence shelter. Children, ages 8–16, completed a questionnaire regarding exposure to physical abuse/DV and the TSCC—Alternate form (TSCC-A; Briere 1996). Parents of children, ages 3–12, completed the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC; Briere 2005). Parent t-scores on were higher than matched t-scores for child self-report. Parent scores on most clinical scales were higher for Caucasian than non-Caucasian parents. Female children were rated as more depressed by their parents than males. Symptoms scores were positively correlated with the observation and experience of domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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