Ethno-Racial Differences in Children's Attitudes and Beliefs About Violence. Academic Article uri icon


  • One in 15 children in the United States are exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) each year. Although much is known about the adverse effects of witnessing IPV on children, little attention has been given to the impact of IPV on children of diverse ethno-racial backgrounds. In particular, the association between IPV and children's attitudes and beliefs about violence across different ethno-racial populations remains to be explored. One hundred ninety children between the ages of 4 and 12 years of varying ethno-racial backgrounds who had witnessed recent IPV were interviewed regarding their attitudes and beliefs about IPV. Results show that younger children and White, Black, and Biracial children exhibited more deleterious attitudes and beliefs about violence after exposure to IPV than did older and Latina or Latino children. These findings may indicate the need for more tailored intervention programs that target the specific maladaptive beliefs expressed by children of various demographic groups.

author list (cited authors)

  • Galano, M. M., McGuire, M. D., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Montalvo-Liendo, N., & Graham-Bermann, S. A.

complete list of authors

  • Galano, Maria M||McGuire, Margaret D||Grogan-Kaylor, Andrew||Montalvo-Liendo, Nora||Graham-Bermann, Sandra A

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM