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Completed in 2009

Project Director: Pamela Alexander, Ph.D.


This project is attempting to address the question as to what happens when both members of a couple have a history of childhood trauma. In one sample of new parents, dual-trauma status was associated with an increased risk for abusive parenting and, in another sample of batterers and their partners, with distinct patterns of intimate partner violence.


Listen to the lunchtime seminar, Dual Trauma Couples - Implications for Family Violence, from April 2, 2009.


Read Dr. Alexander's commentary, "Dual Trauma Couples: Why We Need to Study Them," from the fall/winter 2008 Research & Action Report.