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Children’s actions when experiencing domestic violence
Norwegian Centre for Violence & Traumatic Stress Studies.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 16, no 4, 479-496 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is, by analysing childrens discourses, to investigate their actions or absence of actions during a domestic violence episode. The empirical data are recorded group therapy sessions and individual interviews with children who have grown up experiencing their fathers violence against their mothers. The analysis shows that the childrens stories contain two aspects of actions: one related to the actions during the ongoing episode, and one the child perceives as possible/desirable for the future. The findings are discussed in the light of Lazarus and Folkmans theory of coping.

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Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 16, no 4, 479-496 p.
Keyword [en]
actions, children, coping, domestic violence, experiences, social work, child studies, family violence, children witnessing violence
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52408DOI: 10.1177/0907568209343757OAI: diva2:285066
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in: CHILDHOOD-A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF CHILD RESEARCH, (16), 4, 479-496, 2009. Carolina Overlien and Margareta Hydén, Children’s actions when experiencing domestic violence by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. Available from: 2010-01-11 Created: 2009-12-18 Last updated: 2012-03-19

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