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Title: Highlights of Official Aggregate Child Neglect and Abuse Reporting, 1987
Corporate Author: American Humane Assoc
American Assoc for Protecting Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: American Humane Assoc
Denver, CO 80231
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Grant Number: 90-CA-1262
Sale Source: American Humane Assoc
American Assoc for Protecting Children
9725 East Hampden Avenue
Denver, CO 80231
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An estimated 2,178,000 children were reported for child abuse and neglect to Child Protective Services in the United States and participating jurisdictions in 1987, an increase of 4 percent since 1986 and an increase of 225 percent since 1976.
Abstract: The rate of reporting was approximately 34 children per 1,000 U.S. child population, and an estimated 1,404,000 families were involved. An estimated 686,000 children were associated with substantiated reports, or 37 to 40 percent of all reports. Child Protective Services acknowledged that not all child abuse and neglect problems were within their purview. During 1987, many agencies began advocating a narrower definition of child abuse and neglect in light of limited resources to serve clients. Five explanations are offered for unsubstantiated child abuse and neglect cases: variation in and narrowing of definitions in both reports and substantiation; inappropriate reporting; insufficient information; lack of resources to assist the child or family; and inadequate investigation. Statistical data on participating States and child and family investigations are appended. 7 references, 2 tables, 2 figures.
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting
Index Term(s): Abused children; Juvenile dependency and neglect
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