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NCJ Number: 118818 Find in a Library
Title: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Assaults Against Children in Dallas, Texas, 1980-81
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1988)  Pages:327-338
Author(s): K D Harries
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Complimenting recent research in social psychology and social geography, the present study tested whether general environmental conditions such as day of the week, season of the year, and thermal stress were significant predictors of the daily incidence of assaults on children, and whether victim characteristics, sites of incidents, and types of assaults on children varied with levels of neighborhood socioeconomic status.
Abstract: About 1614 incidents involving children 18 and under were abstracted from a data base of 9,994 aggravated assaults drawn from the files of the Dallas, Texas Police Department, covering a twenty month period from March 1980 through October 1981. Analysis indicated that general environmental indicators were significantly related to daily frequencies of assaults on children. Further, neighborhood socioeconomic status was significantly associated with children's race, sites of assault on children, and types of assault. Only 11 percent of the assaults studied were classified as "abuse". The dominant modes of assault involved firearms and knives. The analysis revealed the qualitative and quantitative variation of assault based on environmental factors. Tables and 14 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Environmental influences; Sexual assault; Texas
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