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NCJ Number: 186929 Find in a Library
Title: Mexico (From Child Abuse: A Global View, P 145-159, 2001, Beth M. Schwartz-Kenney, Michelle McCauley, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-186919)
Author(s): Antonio Estrada
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
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P.O. Box 5007
Westport, CT 06881-5007
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter provides an overview of the nature and prevalence of child abuse in Mexico, as well as the response to it.
Abstract: A demographic profile of Mexico, including the infant mortality rate, is followed by a case study of a 9-year-old "street" child who was abandoned by his parents. A historical review covers the nature of child abuse in Mexico before the Spanish conquest, after the conquest, and in modern Mexican society. The definition of child abuse among Mexican professionals who identify and treat abuse is discussed, followed by an overview of child protection and legal innovations, including child protective services, child protective legislation, prevention measures, and investigative and remedial services. Other sections of the chapter describe treatment techniques and prevention measures. Overall, although there have been significant advances in recent years, given the pervasiveness of the problem, Mexico is still lagging behind what other countries are doing to help and protect children. Generally, the citizenry does not perceive child abuse to be a significant social problem. Mexico has yet to enact Federal legislation to help prevent various forms of child abuse. In addition, there should be a national organization with the responsibility for compiling all information on child abuse and neglect. More work must be done in identifying and responding to those social problems that foster child abuse and neglect, such as poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, child exploitation, and overcrowded living conditions. 43 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse situation remedies; Child abuse treatment; Child protection laws; Child protection services; Child victims; Crime in foreign countries; Mexico; Victims in foreign countries
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