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Record ID: 15731b93-f7b6-41f3-9bf8-cf0b89938d2a
Type: Journal Article
Title: Exposure to family and domestic violence is associated with lower attendance and higher suspension in school children
Authors: Preen, David
Orr, Carol
Fisher, Colleen
Bell, Megan
O'Donnell, Melissa
Martin, Karen
Glauert, Rebecca
ANRA Topic: Data development
Children and young people
ANRA Population: Children and young people population
Year: 9999
Publisher: ScienceDirect
Abstract:  Background Exposure to family and domestic violence (FDV) in childhood can have a detrimental effect on children's health and social outcomes. However, research on the school outcomes of children exposed to FDV is scant. Objectives To investigate the impact of FDV exposure on school attendance and suspension in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. Methods A population-based retrospective cohort study of school children, in grade 1 to 10, born from 1993 to 2006 in Western Australia (n = 26,743) using linked administrative data. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to calculate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals to determine the association with school attendance and suspension outcomes for children exposed to FDV compared to non-exposed children. Results Compared to non-exposed children, children exposed to FDV have an increase of poor school attendance: Aboriginal children adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 1.91, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.75–2.07, non-Aboriginal children aOR = 2.42, 95%CI: 2.12–2.75. FDV-exposed children also have an increased risk of school suspension: Aboriginal children aOR = 1.60, 95%CI: 1.47–1.74, non-Aboriginal children aOR = 2.68, 95%CI: 2.35–3.05, compared to non-exposed counterparts. Conclusion Exposure to FDV is associated with an increased odds of poor school attendance and school suspension. Evidence-based and innovative strategies are needed to support children who are exposed to FDV. This involves responding in ways that does not cause further trauma to children; a restorative and trauma-informed approach is vital.
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