The intergenerational transmission of relationship violence

Marilyn J. Kwong, Kim Bartholomew, Antonia J. Z. Henderson, Shanna J. Trinke
2003 Journal of family psychology  
This study explored the intergenerational transmission of violence in a community sample. A telephone survey of 1,249 adults in the City of Vancouver assessed family-of-origin violence (father to mother, mother to father, father to self, and mother to self), as well as physical and psychological abuse in intimate relationships. All forms of family-of-origin violence were predictive of all forms of relationship abuse, consistent with a general social learning model of relationship violence.
more » ... was no evidence of gender-specific or role-specific patterns of transmission. For example, father-to-mother violence was not specifically predictive of men's perpetration and women's victimization in adult relationships. Nor was parent-to-self violence more predictive of victimization than perpetration. The methodological and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
doi:10.1037/0893-3200.17.3.288 pmid:14562454 fatcat:gxjzq3ckmbhcrd74aza3hvhgxy