An Examination of the Combined Impact of Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse or Neglect on Juvenile Delinquency

Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Dianne C. Carmody

Committee Member

Michael Fisher

Committee Member

Ruth Triplett

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 J64 2009


The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between children's exposure to intimate partner violence and child abuse or neglect on juvenile delinquency. Much of the research on this topic suggests that a disturbed home life can have a significant impact on delinquency among children. This study explores patterns of delinquency among a large group of children in the Seattle Washington area (n=877). Gender differences in violent and nonviolent delinquency are examined as well as the impact of witnessing intimate partner violence in the home is tested. Analyses reveal that gender, race, and exposure to intimate partner violence are significant predictors of violent crime offending as detailed in the regression, however, exposure to intimate partner violence was not a significant predictor of property crime.


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