Family Development

Journal Articles for Abuse

We invite you to take a look at our list of journal articles. We have provided articles on the topic of abuse and how it effects and connects to the unique needs and situations of military children, couples, and families. Each title is linked to a webpage that has more information on how to obtain this literature. Feel free to contact us if you have others to recommend so we can add to our growing list.


American Academy of Pediatrics (November 2009) Policy Statement – Media Violence. Pediatrics, 124(5), 1495-1503.
Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents. Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed.

Bugental, D.B., Ellerson, P.C., Lin, E.K., Rainey, B., Kokotovic, A. & O’Hara, N. (2010). A cognitive approach to child abuse prevention. Journal of Family Psychology, 1, 84-106.
This investigation tested the incremental utility of cognitive retraining as a component of a program designed to prevent child maltreatment. High-risk families (N = 96) were randomly assigned to a control condition, home visitation modeled after the Healthy Start program (unenhanced home visitation), or home visitation that included a cognitive component (enhanced home visitation).

Herrenkohl, T.I., Sousa, C., Tajima, E.A., Herrenkohl, R.C., & Moylan, C.A. (2008). Intersection of child abuse and children’s exposure to violence. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 9, 84-99.
This review addresses research on the overlap in physical child abuse and domestic violence, the prediction of child outcomes, and resilience in children exposed to family violence. The authors explore current findings on the intersection of physical child abuse and domestic violence within the context of other risk factors, including community violence and related family and environmental stressors.

Mullen, P.E. & Fergusson, D.M. (1999). Childhood sexual abuse: An evidence-based perspective. New York: NY, Sage Publications.
Childhood Sexual Abuse critically reviews research into and provides a concise and clear guide to our current knowledge on the topic. The issues covered include the prevalence of child sexual abuse; who molests children; the effects of such abuse, both immediate and long-term; the risk factors for abuse; and the influences and interventions that may amplify or ameliorate the impact of child sexual abuse on the victim.

Shin, S.H., Edwards, E.M., & Heeren, T. (2009). Child abuse and neglect: Relations to adolescent binge drinking in the national longitudinal study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) Study. Addictive Behaviors, 34(3), 277-280.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between child maltreatment and adolescent binge drinking. Given that many victimized children have been maltreated in multiple ways, we examine the effects of co-occurrence of multiple types of maltreatment on adolescent binge drinking.

Uhlman, E. (2004). Exposure to violent video games increases automatic aggressiveness. Journal of Adolescence, 27(1), 41-52.
The effects of exposure to violent video games on automatic associations with the self, were investigated in a sample of 121 students. Playing the violent video game Doom led participants to associate themselves with aggressive traits and actions on the Implicit Association Test.