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FAMILY VIOLENCE Domestic abuse and child abuse have widespread social and emotional costs Family violence affects all segments of the family The impact of violence on childrens lives appears to be far more substantial than the impact on adults livesFamily Pg 1 In most cases of family violence the family has conformed to a pattern in which the line of family violence started generations ago This pattern must be broken before more children growup and live in a family that resorts to violence But their are also children who live in loving families who do not resort to violence and as these children mature they start resorting to violence to help solve and deal with their problems Studies show that physical punishment could cause aggression in children but other studies show that even abusive parental violence does not always lead to an increase in childrens aggression Only by recognizing and addressing the multifactorial roots of violence in our society can we move closer to living in peace Violence within families often reflects behaviours learned by children from their parents A theory is that violent behaviour is passed down from generation to generation through families Cole Flanagin Pg 2 The majority of Americans are subjected to corporal punishment at one point or another during their lifetimeKandel Pg 4 Surveys suggested that almost all American parents used physical punishment at one point or another and the punishment was regared as an appropriate child rearing technique Another survey also suggested that some psychologists belive physical punishment to be an effective and useful socialization toolKandel Pg 2 Aggression is commonly conceived as existing on a continuum ranging from very severe parental aggression to much milder and normal parental aggression such as use of
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