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NCJ Number: 159825 Find in a Library
Title: Extent of Child Abuse Is Not Exaggerated (From Child Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints, P 25-33, 1994, David Bender and Bruno Leone, eds. -- See NCJ-159823)
Author(s): D Finkelhor
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although child abuse reports have greatly increased over the past few years, many serious child abuse cases are not reported to child protection authorities and the extent of child abuse requires greater support for child abuse reporting and investigation and for providing services to families in trouble.
Abstract: Between 1976 and 1987, reports of suspected child abuse and neglect rose nationally from an estimated 669,000 to 2,163,000, an average increase of more than 10 percent yearly. Although some believe the increasing number of child abuse reports is due to overreaction by professionals charged with reporting child abuse, national data clearly indicate that many serious incidents of child abuse still escape the attention of child protection authorities. In discussing the effects of unsubstantiated child abuse reports, the author indicates that child abuse investigations are not necessarily traumatic to the family and that the child welfare system is more efficient in eliminating problem behavior than the criminal justice system. The child protection system (CPS) needs more trained staff to respond to child abuse reports, conduct investigations, and provide services to families because the increase in serious child abuse cases has not been matched by commensurate increases in CPS staff and funding. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse reporting; Child protection services; Child victims; Child welfare; Crimes against children; Family intervention programs; Juvenile dependency and neglect
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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