SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Miller, A. B., & Cross, T. (2006). Ethnicity in child maltreatment research: A replication of Behl’ et al.’s content analysis. Child Maltreatment, 11, 16–26.

Learning Objective: 2-4: Identify the various methodological issues relevant in conducting research on VMIR including those related to defining VMIR, establishing cause-and-effect relationships, and research designs.
Summary: Study examined the use of ethnicity in empirical research articles that were published in three major child maltreatment specialty journals from 1999 to 2002. Ethnicity has a significant effect in over 50% of the articles in which it was used in analyses, suggesting that more research needs to include ethnicity in their research.

Questions to Consider

  1. Why was ethnicity found to have a significant effect in 52.3% of articles in which it was used in analyses?
  2. What are limitations to using ethnicity in research and interpreting results that find ethnicity to be a significant factor in understanding child maltreatment?
  3. What are other demographic factors that may help researchers better understand child maltreatment?

Article 2: Power, R. A., & Kaukinen, C. A. (2012). Trends in intimate partner violence: 1980-2008. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 3072–3090.

Learning Objective: 2-3: Compare and contrast the important data sets and self-report survey instruments used in VMIR research.
Description: Over 28 years of data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to examine the trends of intimate partner violence against female victims and identify variation in women’s risk as a function of race and employment. Employment was associated with increased risk for intimate partner violence; however, this result is partly contingent on the victim’s race.

Questions to Consider

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the National Crime Victimization Survey data set?
  2. Why do you think there was a shift in who was at increased risk of intimate partner assault over the years?
  3. What are the real-world implications of the study results?

Article 3: Waltermaurer, E., Watson, C., & McNutt, L. (2006). Black women’s health: The effect if perceived racism and intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 12, 1214–1222.

Learning Objective: 2-1: Describe the various explanations for VMIR that have been proposed including structural characteristics of intimate relationships, cultural acceptance of violence, the low costs of intimate violence, and the intergenerational transmission of VMIR.
Summary: Preliminary evidence of the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and intimate partner violence is provided. Description of these exposures interacting to affect the mental and physical health of black women is also discussed.

Questions to Consider

  1. How does culture play a role in explaining intimate partner violence for black women?
  2. Describe the variables in the study and how they were measured.
  3. What was the research design in the study? Why do you think this research design was utilized?