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NCJ Number: 210576 Find in a Library
Title: Male Perpetrators of Child Maltreatment: Findings from NCANDS
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
United States of Am
Date Published: January 2005
Page Count: 39
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents findings from an analysis conducted on the characteristics of male perpetrators of child maltreatment using 2002 case-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect System (NCANDS).
Abstract: The distribution and characteristics of male perpetrators are among the least studied aspects of child maltreatment. Understanding the characteristics and patterns of male perpetrators of child maltreatment assists in the designing of prevention and intervention approaches to meet their needs and protect the children. Utilizing case-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect System (NCANDS) for 2002, containing nearly 200,000 child maltreatment perpetrators, this report attempts to better understand the characteristics of male perpetrators, their maltreatment patterns, and the outcomes associated with their maltreatments. It also investigates the influence of a mother co-perpetrator on the circumstances surrounding the child maltreatment or the outcomes. Findings are presented in the areas of age, race, perpetrators as caregivers, number of child victims per perpetrator, perpetrators by sex of child victim, maltreatment of male and female perpetrators, drug and alcohol use of caregiver perpetrators, family violence of caregiver perpetrators, services received by perpetrators, recidivism of categories, actions and categories of male perpetrators by sex of victims, services received by perpetrators acting alone or in concert with mothers, and recidivism of perpetrators acting alone or in concert with others. The findings suggest that because male perpetrators have many different relationships with their victims, interventions that strengthen the role of fathers to prevent further child maltreatment and improve child well-being are a complex undertaking. The study identifies clear subgroups of male perpetrators, suggesting that intervention of all types may need to be more highly differentiated for these different groups. Figures and tables
Main Term(s): Male offenders
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Crimes against children; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Male female offender comparisons; Offender profiles; Offense characteristics; Sex offenders
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