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NCJ Number: 148205 Find in a Library
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1994)  Pages:203-211
Author(s): S M Butler; N Radia; M Magnatta
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a sample of 82 cases assessed at the Family Court Clinic in Toronto, Ontario, to determine the degree of parental compliance to court-ordered assessments under child welfare legislation.
Abstract: Applying systems-oriented models of maltreatment, the study focused on types of maltreatment, parents' history and functioning, and characteristics of their psychosocial environment. The results suggested that, in cases of severe child maltreatment, mothers who complied with the court orders could be differentiated from mothers who did not. The noncompliant mothers were characterized by maladaptive behaviors including moving often, showing high levels of substance abuse and criminal behavior, and becoming involved in violent relationships. They also tended to be younger and to abuse their children physically. The mothers who did comply with the court order showed more psychiatric diagnoses than the other group; the diagnoses were primarily of personality disorders. 1 table and 34 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child neglect causes; Courts; Juveniles; Ontario; Parental attitudes
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