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NCJ Number: 228112 Find in a Library
Title: Profile and Progress of Neglected and Abused Children in Long-Term Foster Care
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:7  Dated:July 2009  Pages:421-428
Author(s): James G. Barber; Paul H. Delfabbro
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the profile of neglected and abused children in the Australian foster care system; and maltreatment types in relation to parental contact, reunification, and psychosocial progress while in care.
Abstract: This study demonstrates that neglected children differ systematically from non-neglected children and suffer relative disadvantage in relation to multiple forms of maltreatment, parental contact, and reunification. Findings show that neglected children in this sample were younger than non-neglected children and presumably for this reason were less likely to pose conduct problems for caregivers. Neglected children were also more likely than non-neglected children to have some form of physical or mental disability. Both neglected and non-neglected children displayed modest emotional gains in foster care and non-neglected children demonstrated behavioral gains as well. Neglected children were more likely to be subject to a pattern of dysfunctional parenting that included multiple forms of maltreatment than were non-neglected children. Also found was that neglected children were more likely than non-neglected children to experience a decline in parental contact over time and were less likely to be reunified with their families of origin. The study also identified potentially important differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in this regard. While Aboriginal children were less likely to be reunified than non-Aboriginal children overall, this was due to the greater concentration of chronic neglect among indigenous children. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Australia; Child emotional abuse and neglect
Index Term(s): Abused children; Behavior patterns; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse detection; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Child neglect causes; Child victims; Foster homes; Individual behavior; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Mental health; Neglectful parents; Problem behavior; Sexual assault victims; Verbal abuse; Victims in foreign countries; Youth development
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