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NCJ Number: 156882 Find in a Library
Title: When Educators Confront Child Abuse: An Analysis of the Decision To Report
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:1095-1113
Author(s): W B Crenshaw; L M Crenshaw; J W Lichtenberg
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Five scenarios of child abuse were used to study the recognition and reporting of child abuse in a sample of 664 teachers, counselors, school psychologists, principals, and school district superintendents in Kansas.
Abstract: Results revealed that the reporting tendency varied by the type of abuse described, forming a three-level hierarchy, and that the reporting tendency and the reporting rate were unrelated to the gender of the victim or the study participant. In addition, the reporting tendency was unrelated to the educator's professional, although certain types of abuse were suspected or reported significantly less often by classroom teachers. Moreover, for each scenario, a linear composite of decisional items differentiated reporters from nonreporters with 75 percent to 84 percent accuracy. Most important in distinguishing reporters from nonreporters were issues involving quality of suspicion and the respondent's belief that schools should be a first line of defense against child abuse and neglect. Educators were uniform in their high level of awareness of mandatory reporting laws. The preparedness to detect child abuse differed by profession, but most educators desired additional training. Tables, figure, and 27 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse reporting; Educators child-abuse neglect role; Kansas
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