Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 655–665 | Cite as

Conflict Appraisals in a Multiethnic Sample of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

  • Maria M. Galano
  • Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor
  • Hannah M. Clark
  • Nora Montalvo Liendo
  • Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
Original Article


Childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health issue, affecting millions of children each year. IPV-exposed children are at risk for developing behavioral and emotional problems. The Cognitive-Contextual Framework posits that children’s post-conflict appraisals of threat and self-blame mediate these negative outcomes. However, conflict appraisals have primarily been studied in White, school-aged children. This study includes a large, multi-ethnic sample of children ages 5–12 (N = 158) who were interviewed regarding their experiences with family violence. The sample included White, Black, Latino/a, and biracial children. Self-blame was equivalent across groups. However, groups differed in threat appraisals, and Latino/a mothers and children reported discrepancies in the level of IPV-exposure. Directions for research and clinical implications are discussed.


Intimate partner violence Children Diverse populations Conflict appraisals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria M. Galano
    • 1
  • Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor
    • 2
  • Hannah M. Clark
    • 3
  • Nora Montalvo Liendo
    • 4
  • Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Texas A&MHealth Science CenterRound RockUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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