100776: The Mental Health and Service Needs of Young Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

About the Course:

As the visibility of domestic violence (DV) continues to increase, so too does our awareness of the needs of the children in violent families. This study documents the various needs and problems of over 40,000 children as reported by their battered caretakers. What follows is a description of the findings from data collected between 1990 and 1995 from approximately 50 DV agencies in a Midwestern state. The findings indicate that large proportions of children had emotional and social problems whereas about one quarter had physical health and educational difficulties. Common problems included being very protective of family members, discipline issues, mood swings, and difficulty leaving parents. The implications of these findings and ideas for future planning are identified.

I. Literature Review
II. Methodology
III. Results
IV. Discussion
V. Conclusion


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2005/ Vol. 86, No. 1


Marta Lundy, PhD, LCSW; Susan F. Grossman, PhD

About the Authors:

Associate Professor Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

Associate Professor Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about youth exposed to domestic violence. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify emotional, physical health, social and educational problems that are associated with children’s exposure to domestic violence.

  2. Describe potential service needs of children exposed to domestic violence.

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