Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
First Reader/Committee Chair
This research explores the adverse effects on the mental health of children who have witnessed child abuse on siblings or relatives and interventions that can help mitigate adverse effects. The adverse effects of being abused have continued to be studied by different fields, such as child development and social work, but the children not directly abused are the missing voice in the literature on child abuse and mental and behavioral health. Social workers frequently have contact with children who have been victims of abuse or have witnessed child abuse. Social workers and other mental health providers can bring further insight into the adverse effects on the mental health of children witnessing abuse in the home. A thematic data analysis of interviews with social workers and other mental health providers who work with children who have been victims of abuse or witnesses of child abuse was completed for this study. All children in homes where child abuse occurs are affected, whether now or later in life.
Chaires, Leslie, "Adverse Effects for Siblings Who Witness Child Abuse" (2023). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1612.