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NCJ Number: 200962 Find in a Library
Title: Special Risk Factors Intensified by Social Isolation (From Child Abuse and Neglect: Guidelines for Identification, Assessment, and Case Management, P 175-177, 2003, Marilyn Stachan Peterson and Michael Durfee, eds. -- See NCJ-200932)
Author(s): Nancy Zebell Ph.D.; Marilyn Strachan Peterson M.S.W
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses how special risk factors for abuse in children and in parents are exacerbated by social isolation, and suggestions are offered for how such social isolation can be addressed.
Abstract: After listing special risk factors for abuse in children and in parents, the chapter notes that social isolation and a poor parental support system can be factors in child abuse and/or neglect. Factors that influence a parent to foster social isolation for the family and children include intellectual limitations that impede the development of social contacts, low self-esteem that prevents parents from developing friendships, poor social skills in initiating or developing relationships, keeping social contacts or friendships at a superficial level, perceived slights from others, and self-absorption and lack of empathy. Spouses or live-in partners can also pose high risk factors that may contribute to the isolation of the primary parent. It is important that professionals working with abused children identify parental and family factors that may cause social isolation and increase the risk of child abuse. The isolated individual is better able to reach out for support from relatives and neighbors when there is understanding of the individual's fears and help with their concerns. In addition to a home-visiting program by caseworkers, it is important that caseworkers coordinate the involvement of relatives, neighbors, and community organizations in making constructive social contacts with the family. A case vignette with follow-up questions is presented. 3 resources
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse situation remedies; Social conditions
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