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Maternal childhood parental abuse history and current intimate partner violence: data from the Pacific Islands Families Study.


Pacific peoples are a rapidly growing but socially disadvantaged segment of New Zealand society. Within this context, individuals may be particularly vulnerable to the experience of intimate partner violence (IPV). The aim of the study was to establish the association between the experience of maternal and/or paternal emotional or physical abuse and current severe physical partner violence perpetration or victimization among a cohort of Pacific women. Paternal physical abuse was the only statistically significant risk factor from childhood parenting history that was independently associated with severe physical perpetration and victimization within the mother's current intimate partner relationship (RR 2.6). These findings highlight the deleterious effect of paternal physical violence on subsequent IPV and contribute to the development of empirically based and considered ways to approach these complex phenomena.


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    Faculty of Health Studies, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

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    Violence and victims 22:4 2007 pg 474-88


    Battered Women
    Cohort Studies
    Crime Victims
    Cultural Characteristics
    Domestic Violence
    Interpersonal Relations
    New Zealand
    Oceanic Ancestry Group
    Spouse Abuse
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Women's Health

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    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't



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