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Parent Abuse by Young People on the Edge of Care: A Child Welfare Perspective

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 January 2012

Nina Biehal*
Social Policy Research Unit, University of York E-mail:


This article reports on parent abuse by 112 young people within a sample of 209 families with adolescent children who were receiving family support services, presenting both young people and parents’ accounts of this abuse. Drawing on an analysis of quantitative data, it also reports on the characteristics, histories and circumstances of the young people and families and examines the predictors of parent abuse. Lone mothers were more likely to be victims of this abuse. Many of the young people had experienced maltreatment and those who had witnessed domestic violence were more likely to be violent to parents.

Themed Section on Exploring Parent Abuse
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