Results of a new study from the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky indicate mothers experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) are significantly more likely to be unemployed if they have a three-year-old child. The study is published in Work, Employment and Society.
Using advanced statistical modeling of secondary data to determine employment trajectories, researchers found mothers experiencing IPV when their child is three years of age are significantly more likely to be unemployed six years after the abuse occurred.
“There is a lasting effect on mothers’ employment status when they experience IPV at this critical time,” said lead author Kathryn Showalter, PhD, of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. “Employers should explore ways to support women with young children who are experiencing IPV so that they can maintain employment. Something as simple as asking survivors if they are okay can make a big impact.”
Other authors on the study include Susan Yoon, PhD, of the Ohio State University College of Social Work in Columbus, Ohio and TK Logan, PhD, of the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science in Lexington, Kentucky.
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