Moderating Effect of Social Support Networks on Child Abuse

빈곤과 부부불화가 아동학대에 미치는 영향에 대한 사회적 지지의 조절효과

  • Yeo, Jin-Ju (Graduate School of Social Welfare, Catholic University of Korea)
  • 여진주 (가톨릭대학교 사회복지대학원)
  • Received : 2010.03.15
  • Accepted : 2010.06.22
  • Published : 2010.07.30

Abstract

This study is aimed to test the moderating effects of social support networks of parents and children on the relationships between poverty, marital discord, and child abuse. This study utilized the first wave of the Korea Welfare Panel Study, conducted in 2006. Multiple regression analysis was conducted to examine the effects of poverty, marital discord, and social support networks of parents and children on child abuse. The results show that poverty and marital discord have positive(+) effects on child abuse and that social support networks of parents and children have negative (-) effects on child abuse. This study also tested the moderating effects of social support networks of parents and children on the relationships between poverty, marital discord, and child abuse. The results confirm that social support networks of both parents and children can moderate the effects of poverty and marital discord on child abuse. That is, when the level of social support networks of parents and children are high, the influences of poverty and marital discord on child abuse becomes smaller or insignificant. Implications of study findings, which includes child protection strategies through improvements in supports for parents and their children are discussed.