An examination of Early Head Start and Head Start mothers and how relationship dynamics influence expectations for and experiences of aggression
Abbott, Leslie Anne
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This study examines the relationship between dependence power and Early Head Start and Head Start (EHS/HS) mothers' tolerance of intimate partner violence. Seventy-four EHS/HS mothers completed questionnaires measuring their levels of dependence power, their tolerance of intimate partner violence, their perception of their youngest child's fathers' desired involvement, and their use of disciplinary tactics on children. Results indicated that although there were not significant relationships between dependence power and intimate partner violence, there was a significant relationship between a mother's perception of a father's desire to be involved in his child's life and her tolerance of intimate partner violence. In addition, there were significant associations between interactions of the individual dimensions of dependence power and tolerance of intimate partner violence. Significant relationships were also found between individual dependence power dimensions and mothers discipline tactics.