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How are children affected emotionally by living in a violent home?

  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence are likely to
  • Feel guilty because they assume they caused it
  • Feel guilty because they did not do enough to protect the abused parent
  • Feel they were at least partly responsible for the family breakup
  • Have more frequent emotional problems, such as poor self-concept, and depression



Lynn Blinn Pike, Ph.D., Former Human Development Specialist, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia




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