Influence of marital conflict on young children's aggressive behavior in South Korea: The mediating role of child maltreatment

Hyun Sim Doh, Nana Shin, Min Jung Kim, Jun Sung Hong, Mi Kyung Choi, Sangwon Kim

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between marital conflict, child maltreatment, and young children's aggressive behavior in South Korea. Of particular interest is whether child maltreatment mediated the pathway between marital conflict and children's aggression. The participants consist of 349 mothers with 3-year-old children attending 20 daycare centers in Seoul. The mothers completed a questionnaire, which was composed of marital conflict, mothers' maltreatment, and children's aggression. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the mediating roles of mothers' maltreatment in the relationship between marital conflict and children's aggressive behavior. Results suggest that the effect of marital conflict on children's aggressive behavior was fully mediated by mothers' maltreatment. This model was invariant across both boys and girls. Findings from this study have major implications for research, practice, and policy regarding family violence and young children's aggressive behavior in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1742-1748
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume34
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Child maltreatment
  • Marital conflict
  • South Korea
  • Young children

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