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The effects of exposure to domestic violence on children's loneliness

10 December 2004


In this review of the literature, I examine the effects of childhood exposure to domestic violence and the implications of that exposure on loneliness in children. Connections are drawn between the behavioral, emotional, and relational implications of domestic violence exposure and the experience of loneliness in children. The available research indicates that children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk for loneliness, which in turn may result in additional psychological difficulties. Yet, loneliness has not been studied explicitly among children exposed to domestic violence. Such a gap is unfortunate, given that social support has been shown to moderate the negative impact of domestic violence exposure. Clearly, further research is needed to explore the implications for domestic violence exposure on children's loneliness.


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