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NCJ Number: 123377 Find in a Library
Title: Troubled Youth, Troubled Families: The Dynamics of Adolescent Maltreatment (From Child Maltreatment: Theory and Research on the Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect, P 685-706, 1989, Dante Cicchetti and Vicki Carlson, eds. -- See NCJ-123373)
Author(s): J Garbarino
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
New York, NY 10011-4211
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
Journal Division
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of adolescence and parental abuse and neglect of adolescence emphasizes that adolescence is more often a period of change and adaptation rather than stress and conflict in the family and that adolescent victims of maltreatment are less socially competent and show more developmental problems than their peers.
Abstract: Several studies have shown that adolescence is relatively free of major conflicts and stresses for about 80 percent of adolescents. However, conflict occurs more often in authoritarian or permissive homes than in homes in which the parents are authoritative. In addition, abusive families behave differently from nonabusive families in parent-child conflicts in that nonabusive families end these negative interactions quickly, while abusive families become enmeshed in escalating conflict. Moreover, the available research indicates that the incidence of adolescent maltreatment equals or exceeds the incidence of child maltreatment and that psychological and sexual abuse is particularly prevalent among adolescents. Furthermore, in contrast to findings for child maltreatment, adolescent maltreatment occurs with equal frequency in families of all socioeconomic levels. Families at high risk for adolescent maltreatment are also more likely to contain stepparents. However, adolescent abuse is less likely to be transmitted to the next generation than is child abuse. 66 references.
Main Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adolescent attitudes; Child abuse; Parent-Child Relations
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