Breaking the cycle of abuse.

  title={Breaking the cycle of abuse.},
  author={Byron R Egeland and Deborah Jacobvitz and L. Alan Sroufe},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={59 4},
The aim of this study was to identify variables that distinguish mothers who broke the cycle of abuse from mothers who were abused as children and who also abused their own children. Based on maternal interviews and questionnaires completed over a 64-month period, measures of mothers' past and current relationship experiences, stressful life events, and personality characteristics were obtained. Abused mothers who were able to break the abusive cycle were significantly more likely to have… CONTINUE READING
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