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NCJ Number: NCJ 241339     Find in a Library
Title: Intergenerational Transmission of Abuse of Incarcerated Fathers: A Study of the Measurement of Abuse
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Author(s): Jeremy D. Ball
  Journal: Journal of Family Issues  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:March 2009  Pages:371 to 390
Date Published: 03/2009
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: Research on the intergenerational transmission of abuse hypothesis often only examined the existence of abuse.
Abstract: Research on the intergenerational transmission of abuse hypothesis often only examined the existence of abuse. The current study utilizes retrospective recalls of incarcerated male defendants (N = 414), using questions formulated from the modified Conflict Tactics Scales. Five logistic regression models are run, representing a different physical abuse measure, including incidence of physical abuse; severity of physical abuse; and three composite measures: total frequency, total severity, and total frequency/severity. Although social desirability is a limitation in any study relying on self-report data, the comparison of the chi-square values of each model may give indication that the simpler abuse measures (“incidence of physical abuse” and “severity of physical abuse”) are more predictive of later abusive behaviors than the more complex, composite measures. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Male offenders ; Abusing parents ; Aggression ; Social Learning ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 96-IJ-CX-0015
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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