Conflict Appraisals in a Multiethnic Sample of Children Exposed to IPV
Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) each year. The effects of such exposure include greater risk for psychopathology, more difficulty with adjustment, and increased risk for injury relative to nonexposed children. One identified mediator between violence exposure and increased risk for maladjustment is children’s interpretation of the conflict witnessed. The Children’s Perceptions of Interparental Conflict scale (CPIC) specifically examines children’s appraisals of threat and self-blame following conflict exposure. Prior research has indicated that elevated perceptions of threat and self-blame are associated with increased risk for internalizing and externalizing psychopathology. However, conflict perceptions have been studied in a primarily White populations; little research has examined perceptions of conflict in more diverse samples. This study examines perceptions of conflict in an ethnically diverse sample exposed to IPV.