The Correlation of Childhood Physical Abuse History and Later Abuse in a Group of Turkish Population

Caykoylu A., Ibiloglu A. O., Taner Y., POTAS KAYA N., Taner E.

JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, vol.26, no.17, pp.3455-3475, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 17
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0886260511403748
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3455-3475
  • Keywords: childhood physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, women, psychiatric patients, child abuse, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, PREVALENCE, WOMEN, MALTREATMENT, PREDICTORS, CHILDREN, FAMILY
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


Domestic violence is passed from one generation to the next, and it affects not only the victim but also the psychological states of the witnesses, and especially the psychosocial development of children. Studies have reported that those who have been the victim of or witnessing violence during their childhood will use violence to a greater extent as adults in their own families. This research examines the relationships between a history of childhood physical abuse, likelihood of psychiatric diagnoses, and potential for being a perpetrator of childhood physical abuse in adulthood among women who received psychiatric treatment and in the healthy population from Turkey. Estimates of the prevalence of childhood physical abuse vary depending on definition and setting. The frequency of witnessing and undergoing physical abuse within the family during childhood is much higher in the psychiatrically disordered group than the healthy controls. Childhood physical abuse history is one of the major risk factors for being an abuser in adulthood. The best indicator of physically abusing one's own children was found to be as physical abuse during the childhood period rather than psychiatric diagnosis. There is a large body of research indicating that adults who have been abused as children are more likely to abuse their own children than adults without this history. This is an important study from the point of view that consequences of violence can span generations. Further studies with different risk factor and populations will help to identify different dimensions of the problem.