Exposure to Family Violence, Perceived Psychological Adjustment of Parents, and the Development of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Palestinian University Students

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*, David Bargal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The article presents the results of a study on the relationship between exposure to (i.e., witnessing and experiencing) different patterns and types of family violence during childhood, during adolescence, and during young adulthood, on one hand, and adult post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), on the other. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 1,969 Palestinian students using a self-administered questionnaire. The results reveal that the more the participants witnessed and experienced psychological aggression (PS) and physical violence (PH) in their families of origin, the more they exhibited PTSS. Furthermore, the results indicate that a significant amount of the variance in the participants’ PTSS could be attributed to their exposure to family violence, over and above the amounts of variance that were explained by their sociodemographic characteristics and by their perceptions of their parents’ psychological adjustment. The limitations of the study and implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2928-2958
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume30
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2015

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Keywords

  • Palestinian family
  • Palestinian students
  • experiencing family violence
  • exposure to family violence
  • post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS)
  • witnessing family violence

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