Professor; Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development. Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Studies Program, Research Fellow CRISP.
Supporting mothering: Service providers' perspectives of mothers and young children affected by intimate partner violence†
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 192–203, June 2011
How to Cite
Letourneau, N., Young, C., Secco, L., Stewart, M., Hughes, J. and Critchley, K. (2011), Supporting mothering: Service providers' perspectives of mothers and young children affected by intimate partner violence. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 192–203. doi: 10.1002/nur.20428
We would like to thank the following individuals, institutions, and groups for their support and contributions throughout this project: Carmen Gill, Members of the Community Advisory Committee, and the research assistants who have helped with various aspects of this project, Cheryl McNeil, Julie Bull, Cheryl Rehill, Julie Campbell, Julie Bull, Karen Harroun, Patricia O-Neil, Leslie Reeves, Nancy Mahoney, Alison Forshner, Natalie Weigum, Jennifer Donovan, Justin Joschko, and Barry Watson.
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JAN 2011
- The Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- Peter Lougheed Foundation
- New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
- abuse of spouse;
- family health;
- family needs/relationship;
- parent–child relationships;
- social support
Although negative outcomes from intimate partner violence (IPV) are not inevitable, IPV is recognized to have profound negative effects on child development. We conducted a qualitative descriptive study of service providers' understandings of the impact of IPV on mothers, young children (birth to 36 months), and mother–infant/child relationships, and of the support needs of these mothers and young children. Service providers suggested that IPV negatively influenced caregiving and identified a pressing need for information and strategies to help mothers promote and protect their young children's development. Although service providers struggled to articulate ideal forms of assistance to promote maternal–infant/child relationships, they agreed that mothers and young children experiencing IPV required more support than is currently available. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:192–203, 2011