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NCJ Number: 208366 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Between Parental Psychiatric Disorder and Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Findings From the Ontario Health Supplement
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:26  Issue:1  Dated:January 2002  Pages:11-22
Author(s): Christine Walsh; Harriet MacMillan; Ellen Jamieson
Editor(s): John M. Leventhal
Date Published: January 2002
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between a history of parental psychiatric disorder and a history of child physical and sexual abuse among Ontario, Canada residents.
Abstract: Research studies show that child abuse and neglect are significant problems associated with serious emotional and behavioral consequences which persist into adulthood. This study examined the relationship between a parental history of psychopathology and a childhood history of physical or sexual abuse, specifically it explored the association between a parental history of four major categories of psychopathology: major depressive disorder, mania, schizophrenia, and antisocial disorder and a childhood history of physical or sexual abuse. The study consisted of 8,548 respondents who participated in the Ontario Mental Health Supplement (OHSUP) and were interviewed regarding parental psychiatric history, as well as completing a self-report measure of childhood physical and sexual abuse. The findings underscored that a parental history of psychiatric disorder was associated with an increased risk of child physical and sexual abuse. However, the mechanism of this association was not provided. This is necessary in the development of approaches to assist families where the risk of child maltreatment is increased. References
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Adolescent parents; Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse; Home environment; Mental disorders; Neglectful parents; Parental attitudes; Psychological influences on crime; Psychological research
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