Reducing the impact of parental intimate partner violence
A fifth of children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children experienced parental intimate partner violence in early childhood. This analysis sought to identify which positive experiences might reduce the chances that such children would go on to develop depressive symptoms in adolescence.
VISION Interim Director, Professor Gene Feder, collaborated with Bristol University colleagues. They found that exposure to parental intimate partner violence in early childhood was associated with more depressive symptoms at age 18.
Most positive experiences were linked with lower levels of depressive symptoms regardless of parental intimate partner violence exposure. However, among those exposed to parental intimate partner violence, this association was found only for relationships with peers, school enjoyment, neighbourhood safety and cohesion on depressive symptoms.
Interventions aiming to nurture positive relationships with peers, school experiences and neighbourhood safety and cohesion have the potential to improve adolescent depression, including among those exposed to parental intimate partner violence.
For further information please see: Factors mitigating the harmful effects of intimate partner violence on adolescents’ depressive symptoms: a longitudinal birth cohort study — University of Bristol or contact Gene at firstname.lastname@example.org