Intergenerational transmission of violence: The influence of self-appraisals, mental disorders and substance abuse


Journal Article

Although research has demonstrated connections between experiencing abuse as a child and being in a violent relationship as an adult, the specific mechanisms through which this transmission occurs are unclear. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between certain personal factors (self-appraisals and mental/substance use disorders) and experiencing violence as an adult. Data from the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) 1990-1992 were utilized. Respondents who reported experiencing childhood abuse or victimization and were in a current intimate partnership (N = 590) were selected for analysis. Multivariate logistic regression indicated that low self-esteem, past year PTSD, and past year alcohol dependence were significantly associated with intimate partner violence after controlling for other self-appraisals and mental disorders. © Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Whiting, JB; Simmons, LA; Havens, JR; Smith, DB; Oka, M

Published Date

  • July 21, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 639 - 648

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-7482

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10896-009-9262-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus