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NCJ Number: 157879 Find in a Library
Title: Factors That Influence Clinicians' Assessment and Management of Family Violence
Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:84  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:628-633
Author(s): V P Tilden; T A Schmidt; B J Limandri; G T Chiodo; M J Garland; P A Loveless
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the impact of gender and training that were likely to influence the assessment and management by dentists, dental hygienists, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers of domestic abuse victims.
Abstract: A total of 1,521 clinicians completed a mailed survey. Data were similar within, and differed between, three groups of subjects: dentists/dental hygienists, doctors/nurses, and psychologists/social workers. Overall, one-third of the respondents reported having received no professional training on child, spouse, or elder abuse. Subjects who had been trained were more apt to suspect abuse in their patients than those who had not. Subjects tended to suspect domestic abuse more often than child abuse, and infrequently identified cases of elder abuse. Significant numbers of respondents reported not feeling responsible for dealing with domestic violence issues, and most indicated low confidence in, and low compliance with, mandatory reporting laws. 6 tables and 40 notes
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Domestic assault; Elder Abuse; Mandatory crime reporting; Medical and dental services; Statistics
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