DO ABUSED CHILDREN BECOME ABUSIVE PARENTS?

Authors


Department of Psychology, Yale University, P.O. Box 11A—Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520

Abstract

The belief that abused children are likely to become abusive parents is widely accepted. The authors review the literature cited to support this hypothesis and demonstrate that its unqualified acceptance is unfounded. Mediating factors that affect transmission are outlined and the findings of several investigations are integrated to estimate the true rate of transmission.

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