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NCJ Number: 158188 Find in a Library
Title: Reabuse Rates in a Sample of Children Followed for 5 Years After Discharge From a Child Abuse Inpatient Assessment Program
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:11  Dated:(November 1995)  Pages:1363-1377
Author(s): H B Levy; J Markovic; U Chaudhry; S Ahart; H Torres
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 304 children assessed for child abuse in a hospital-based, interdisciplinary child abuse assessment unit in Chicago between October 1986 and 1987 were followed for 5 years to determine their rates of reabuse.
Abstract: Reabuse was determined by matching sample names against information in a centralized reporting system. Reabuse was studied across demographic and socioeconomic variables, vulnerability days, initial and subsequent types of abuse, and other considerations. Results revealed that at the end of the 61- to 72-month followup period, the incidence of reabuse was 16.8 percent. The greatest risk of reabuse occurred during the first 2 years following an initial discharge diagnosis of maltreatment. Although no particular initial maltreatment diagnosis was a statistically significant predictor of the likelihood or type of reabuse, neglect was the most frequent type of reabuse. Children experiencing reabuse were also more likely than nonabused children to live in public housing or apartments, have parents who were unmarried or unemployed or both, and be Medicaid recipients. Figures, tables, and 39 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse detection; Illinois; Recidivism prediction
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