Anxiety often accompanies a physical symptom in children who witness domestic violence in the home.
These children harbor feelings of guilt, blame, and are constantly on edge.
Children who witness domestic violence in the home should be assessed for the physical effects and physical injuries.
Some physical findings may be difficult to evaluate, like changes in their eating habits, sleep patterns, or bowel patterns should be further examined or questioned by someone whom they trust. Children may think that violence is an acceptable behavior of intimate relationships and become either the abused or the abuser.
Infant children who are present in the home where domestic violence occurs often fall victim to being "caught in the crossfire." They may suffer physical injuries from unintentional trauma as their parent is suffering from abuse.
Infants may be inconsolable and irritable, have a lack of responsiveness secondary to lacking the emotional and physical attachment to their mother, suffer from developmental delays, and have excessive diarrhea from both trauma and stress.
The study that was presented was about introducing children to a role model that is aggressive, non-aggressive and a control group that showed no role model.
This study is called, "The Bobo Doll Experiment", the experiment has influenced the children to act similar to their role model towards the doll itself.