skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 149820 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Physical Child Abuse (From Family Violence: Prevention and Treatment, P 25-55, 1993, Robert L. Hampton, Thomas P. Gullotta, et al., eds. - See NCJ-149818)
Author(s): J S Milner; J L Crouch
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Grant Number: MH 34252
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter describes several explanatory models of physical child abuse and provides a representative literature review which reveals varying levels of support for the different models.
Abstract: There are currently several accepted models that attempt to specify the variables that contribute to physical child abuse. These can be categorized as early single factor models, early multifactor organizational models, biological models, learning models, social/cultural models, and interactional models. This chapter describes in detail transitional, cognitive-behavioral, and social information processing models. The literature review included in this chapter focuses on perpetrator, family, and sociological characteristics that are likely to be associated with the physical abuse of children. Finally, the article summarizes current empirical findings regarding the effects of physical child abuse across the life span phases including early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. 2 tables and 127 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Juveniles; Psychological victimization effects
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.