Family Risk Factors

By David Jensen, LSCSW

There are family history factors that must be assessed when taking social histories because these factors can potentiate the development of interpersonal violence.

  • remorseless physical brutality
  • excessive punishment
  • abuse by caregivers toward child
  • witnessing intra-familial violence toward each other
  • parental loss
  • deprivation
  • neglect ambivalence or rejection
  • presence of a mental illness or drug abuse in one or both parents
  • the attitude of family of origin about violence

Resource: Newhill, Christina, (2003), Client Violence in Social Work Practice: Prevention, Intervention, andResearch, New York: the Guilford press.

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