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NCJ Number: 228658 Find in a Library
Title: Elevated Risk of Child Maltreatment in Families with Stepparents But Not with Adoptive Parents
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:14  Issue:4  Dated:November 2009  Pages:369-375
Author(s): Marinus H. Van IJzendoorn; Eveline M. Euser; Peter Prinzie; Femmie Juffer; Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Leiden University
2300 RA Leiden ,
Netherlands Ministry of Justice
2500 Eh the Hague, Netherlands
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
2509 AC, Den Haag, Netherlands
Grant Number: 452-04-306
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the prevalence of child maltreatment in families with stepparents and adoptive parents.
Abstract: Results of this study indicate that family composition is associated with the prevalence of child maltreatment. Larger families, single-parent families, and families with a stepparent elevate the risk for child maltreatment, whereas in families with adoptive parents, the risk for child maltreatment is decreased. In summary, families with stepparents seem more vulnerable to child maltreatment, but the mechanisms are still unclear. The question of whether child maltreatment occurs more often in adoptive and stepfamilies than in biological families is examined. Data were collected from all 17 Dutch child protective services agencies on 13,538 cases of certified child maltreatment in 2005 and compared to a representative national sample collected in the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study. Figure, table, and references
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child neglect causes; Child victims; Child welfare; Dangerousness; Family structure; Home environment
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