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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


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Children perception of abuse in family 1842


Taschyova A.I.
assistant professor of psychology, personality, Southern Federal University, Russia

Gridneva S.V.
Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology and Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology of the Southern Federal University

With learning of social stereotypes and common cultural representations of violence during the process of child development, two relatively independent conceptual units of understanding of family abuse are formed. The first one arises on the basis of abstract substantive characteristics that describe violence in terms discharged from the actual experience of family relationships. The second block of domestic violence understanding is based on specific experience of family relationships and children learning of patterns of instrumental use of the individual elements of violent behavior, known to children by abstract notions from the first block. In other words, through the experience of family life, in the minds of children occurs specification of abstract representations of violence, which is most noticeable in comparison of semantic spaces of the concept of "violence" in experimental and control groups. In children having experience of being victims of domestic violence, dominates representation of violence as physical abuse and moral repression. Children with no experience of domestic violence often think of it as murder or rape committed by strangers outside the family.

Keywords: family violence, domestic violence, social and perceptual aspects of violence, semantic space of children's representations of violence, home violence, children view on domestic violence, experience of being "victim" of domestic violence and violent behavior in children.

Column: Juvenile Legal Psychology

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