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LIVING IN ABUSIVE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS Child’s Reactions to Parental Conflicts of Lesser Intensity
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Pages 475 - 495
The research was performed on 402 fathers and 438 mothers
with the goal to test how parental experience of being verbally
abused by spouse affects child's mood instability. In fathers'
sample 592 children of different age, birth order and sex were
included while in mother's sample 640 children of different
age, birth order and sex were included. Three sets of variables:
independent (experience of being verbally abused by spouse),
control (child's gender, child's birth order, child's age and parental
exeperience of being physically abused by spouse) and dependent
variable (child's mood instability) were defined. ANOVA
and ANCOVA statistical procedure was used to analyze data.
According to the obtained results mother's experience of being
verbally abused by spouse did not affect child's mood instability
after control variables were introduced in the analysis. In
contrast to these, the results for the father's experience of
being verbally abused by spouse produced different effects.
After statistical control was performed, the father's experience
of being verbally abused by spouse did affect child's mood
instability. Explanation of the results is offered in accordance
with the existing theories and previous research data.