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NCJ Number: 219900 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and Adolescent Parenting: Developing a Theoretical Model From an Ecological Perspective
Journal: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:2007  Pages:89-105
Author(s): Tracie O. Afifi
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To synthesize a proposed child abuse and adolescent parenting model, this article reviews established theories on child abuse, abusive parenting, and adolescent parenting.
Abstract: Utilizing an ecological perspective, the proposed synthesized theoretical model identifies important factors to be included in child abuse and adolescent parenting research. It also provides an informed way to organize relevant variables. The intent of the proposed model is to make connections from previous research and scientific deduction. Testing of the present model will lead to a finer honed framework and an elevated understanding of why some adolescent parents are abusive. The adolescents’ adjustment into the role of parenting will have a great influence on their ability to parent. Parent-child interactions and the contexts to which the adolescent parent and child belong can also provide information regarding the likelihood of child abuse. Research has the ability to increase the knowledge about these families and contribute to the ultimate goal of child abuse prevention. However, theoretical models specific to the area of child abuse and adolescent parenting are not well developed. This article builds from existing theory and research to stimulate the development of a model specific to child abuse and adolescent parenting, and to highlight the important role theory plays in furthering knowledge. Figure, references
Main Term(s): Adolescent parents
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Neglectful parents; Parent education; Parental attitudes
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