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Title: Child Abuse and Its Consequences for an Early Onset of Juvenile Delinquency: A Prospective Cohort Study
Journal: Indian Journal of Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:81-88
Author(s): S K Sirpal
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: This study used the computerized records of substantiated child abuse maintained by Florida's child protective services agency to examine the effects of child abuse on the early onset of delinquency.
Abstract: A total of 220 abused children and 220 matched control children participated in the study. Records of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services were used to obtain data on delinquency referrals. A comparison of the percentages of delinquency referral rates for both groups showed that the abused group had a higher delinquency referral rate than the control group (56 percent higher). The abused males had a 76 percent higher referral rate than the control males, and the abused females had a 32.5 percent higher referral rate. Delinquency referral rates differed by age between abused and nonabused groups. The findings suggest that delinquency and crime prevention should focus on the early provision of a nurturing environment for children. At-risk families must be targeted for support and education that will help prevent abuse and foster parenting skills that lead to positive child development. 4 tables and 18 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse as crime factor; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Psychological victimization effects
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