Self-esteem, violent behavior and peer relationships among adolescents that witnessed domestic violence
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The study investigated the relationship between witnessing domestic violence and adolescents’ violent behavior, self-esteem, and peer relationships. The study used a correlation design. Data was collected on 210 adolescents, ages 14 to 17, studying in form three. Participants were selected using a cluster sampling technique. Data was analyzed using Spearman correlation coefficient (rs). Results indicate that adolescents’ violent behavior is positively related to witnessing domestic violence. Further, adolescents’ self-esteem is negatively related to witnessing domestic violence. In addition, adolescents’ peer relationships are positively related to witnessing domestic violence. It is recommended that early interventions should be adopted to assist adolescents to build up their self-esteem and improve their relationships with their peers. This could involve interventions designed to help avert the development of distressing symptoms. Further, families and communities should be sensitized to work toward creating a safe place for children.