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NCJ Number: 119613 Find in a Library
Title: Child Victims of Abuse and Neglect: A Portuguese Research Project (From Crime and Its Victims: International Research and Public Policy Issues, P 135-139, 1989, Emilio C Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-119600)
Author(s): E Gersao
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
Bristol, PA 19007
Sale Source: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
1900 Frost Road
Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The findings of a research project concerning maltreated and neglected children are presented. The research was based on a questionnaire addressed by mail to priests and local authorities in a sample composed of 500 communities. It focused mainly on children who were maltreated or neglected by their own families.
Abstract: A quarter of the parishes that responded stated that there were abused children in their area. A third of those parishes confirmed the existence of seriously neglected children. The most frequent types of abuse were beatings and want of the most basic care. A significant number of cases of psychological abuse, such as constant scolding, lack of love, and interdiction of playing were mentioned. A relationship seems to exist between child abuse and the predominance of cultural patterns which accept physical punishment as a legitimate educational tool. The characteristics of families who abused or neglected their children were of low cultural and financial status. 7 notes
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Crimes against children; Portugal
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