Title

The Relationship Between Family-of-Origin Experience and Current Family Violence: A Test of Mediation by Attachment Style and Mental Health Symptom Distress

Keywords

family violence, mental health symptoms, family life, home life

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether the presence of substance abuse, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and mental illness in the home or family-of-origin is predictive of variance in current family violence perpetration. Additionally, a secondary purpose of this study was to examine whether mental health symptom distress and attachment style mediated the relationship between the presence of traumatic experiences in one's family-of-origin and current family violence perpetration. The results suggested that difficult family-of-origin experiences may predict variance in current family violence indirectly through mental health symptom distress and anxious attachment.

Original Publication Citation

Brown, M.D., Ketring, S.A., & Mansfield, T.R. (2014). The relationshipbetween family-of-origin experiences and current family violence: Mediation by attachment and mental health. American Journal of Family Therapy, http://www.tandfonline.com.doi:10.1080/01926187.2014.954491

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-09-15

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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