Cohesion and hierarchy in physically abusive families

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Author list: Koller S, de Antoni C, Martins-Teodoro M L
Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota
Publication year: 2009
Volume number: 8
Issue number: 2
Start page: 399
End page: 412
Number of pages: 14
ISSN: 1657-9267
Languages: Portuguese-Portugal (PT-PT)


This paper investigates cohesion (emotional bonding) and hierarchy (power structure) in families with abuse against their children. Twenty low-income families participated. Father, mother and child's perspective of family relations (cohesion and hierarchy) were evaluated by the Family System Test (FAST). The relationship between father-child, mother-child, couple, and among siblings were evaluated at typical and conflictive situations. Results show a significance regarding to cohesion in typical and conflictive situation for father-child and mother-child dyads in all perspectives (by father, mother, and child). There is no significant differences regarding to hierarchy. These results suggest that the families see the intrafamilial violence as a constant, since they cannot differentiate between both situations.


Cohesion, Domestic relations, Family relations, Family violence-case studies, Hierarchy, Physical abuse


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