Research Proposal

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Running head: EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON MALE AND FEMALE CHILDREN AGES 4-11 What Are the Effects of Domestic Violence on Male and Female Children ages 4-11? Candace Williams University of South Carolina Counseling Education Graduate Program Introduction Purpose The purpose of this research proposal is to identify the specific differences in the effects of domestic violence in male and female children ages 4-11. Justification of Proposed Research Child exposure to adult domestic violence and its effects has increasingly become a concern for both practitioners and researchers. It is estimated that between ten and twenty percent of children in the United States are exposed to domestic violence…show more content…
One weakness related to this study is that it is a correlation study; therefore, it was not possible to draw any conclusions about casual relationships between risk factors and externalizing problems (Baldry, 2007). Another weakness is that measures of direct and indirect victimization and those measuring externalizing symptoms were based only on self reports. Other sources such as teachers, social workers, and parents should be used in continuing studies to bring about new findings. Total variance explained for each externalizing problems was low, which means that this problem remains mostly unexplained by this model. This study informed the current proposal of the about the exposure to domestic violence being overly dependent on adults’- usually mother’s reports in previous research. The current proposal will include children as the source of reporting family issues of domestic violence. Parents are not always a reliable resource for reporting sensitive family issues such as domestic violence. The study indicates that ‘self-report measures from children themselves can constitute a reliable measure, especially when dealing with children who are capable of reading and writing” (Baldry, 2007). Summary and Critique #2 Kimberly Barletto Becker, MA, Department of Psychology University of Arizona and Laura Ann McCloskey, PhD, Department of Maternal and Child Health conducted a study to examine the

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