The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Children

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Background: Growing up one may have been told “If a girl/boy hits or is mean to you then they like you”. Growing up with this in mind a child could easily grow up believing physical harm is a sign of love. With the vase society children, can find models in athletes, teachers, parents, television, and media. Because Domestic Violence comes in many forms ranging from race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender and happens in marriages, co- parenting households, or regular dating relationships, children are heavily exposed. The most common way abuse is shown is through physical harm, mental break downs, verbal threats, and emotional abuse (Webb, C. 2000, October 2). A Domestic violence situation could easily turn in to a learned trait if seen or experienced often and through various ways. Often when asked “Why do you stay” a female may respond “My mother did” or if asked “Why do you abuse your girlfriend/wife” a male may respond “It’s how I was raised”. Using Albert Bandura’s Social learning theory one can see how at a young age if exposed to certain behaviors, a child can take what is observed and later imitate these behaviors. Social learning often happens in two main stages; observation and imitation. Bandura believed that learning is a cognitive process through social context that occurs through observation or direct instruction. These two stages; observation and imitation can mold children differently. If a child is exposed to such harsh and violent actions, it is
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