Domestic violence exposure in Colombian adolescents: Pathways to violent and prosocial behavior

Roberto Mejia, Wendy Kliewer, Larry Williams

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Abstract

Associations between domestic violence exposure and violent and prosocial behavior were tested in a sample of Colombian adolescents, with attention to impulsivity and substance use problems as mediators of these associations. A representative sample of 1,152 school youths and a convenience group of 148 juvenile offenders aged 11-19 years participated. Results using structural equation modeling showed indirect effects of impulsivity and substance use problems between family violence (i.e., exposure to interparental violence) and violent behavior. Maltreatment (i.e., harsh parenting) was directly associated with violent behavior, though impulsivity and substance use problems also mediated this relation. Maltreatment directly and inversely contributed to prosocial behavior but there was no evidence of mediation. Results are discussed in terms of cognitive and behavioral factors that explain violent and prosocial behavior among Colombian youths. Limitations and implications for prevention are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-267
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

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