Youth who physically assault their parents

  • Paulson M
  • Coombs R
  • Landsverk J
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Abstract

Examined parent abuse by dependent children by interviewing 445 dependent Anglo- and Hispanic-American youth (aged 9–17 yrs) and their parents in California 3 times over 5 yrs. 47% of Ss were Anglo-American, and 53% were Hispanic-American. Results show that males were not more assaultive than females, nor were minorities or Ss with lower socioeconomic status (SES) more assaultive than their peers. Ss who hit their parents were more often Anglo than Hispanic and had reached at least junior high school age. They were bored in school, truant, and regarded current learning endeavors as unimportant. Further, they had lower self-esteem, were less happy, and felt that they were not living up to others' expectations. Hitters identified more closely with peers than with parents. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • abusive offspring
  • assault upon parents
  • domestic violence
  • ethnicity

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Authors

  • Morris J. Paulson

  • Robert H. Coombs

  • John Landsverk

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