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NCJ Number: 164438 Find in a Library
Title: Do Child Abuse Rates Increase on Those Days on Which Professional Sporting Events Are Held?
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:205-218
Author(s): B Drake; S Pandey
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Statewide data from the Missouri Division of Family Services were used to determine possible relationships between days on which professional sports events were held and daily rates of substantiated physical abuse of children by males.
Abstract: The research site was St. Louis. The researchers chose professional hockey as the sport to study due to its 80-game season and the lack of a professional football team in the St. Louis area. The analysis focused on three hypotheses about possible relationships between hockey and rates of child abuse. One hypothesis focused on national playoff games; the second, on home-team games; and the third, on wins and losses. Hierarchical multiple regressions tested for these relationships. The effects were controlled for the month in which the child abuse occurred and the day of the week during which the incident occurred. Results did not support the hypothesis that sporting events produce increases in the number of substantiated child abuse cases in which the male is the perpetrator. Tables and 23 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Missouri; Sporting event violent behavior; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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