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NCJ Number: 229518 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence of Child Maltreatment in the Netherlands
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:5-17
Author(s): Eveline M. Euser; Marinus H. van IJzendoorn; Peter Prinzie; Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: 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;
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides the first systematic, nationwide prevalence study on child abuse and neglect (CAN)in the Netherlands.
Abstract: The first nationwide prevalence study of child maltreatment in the Netherlands (NPM-2005) was designed as a replication of the National Incidence Studies (NISs) conducted in the United States. Child maltreatment cases were reported by 1,121 professionals from various occupational branches, trained in a detailed registration system of 6 types of abuse and neglect. In addition, cases registered by the Dutch Child Protection Services (CPS) were analyzed. For 2005, the overall prevalence rate was estimated to be 107,200 (95 percent CI 102,054-112,882) maltreated children aged 0-18 years, or 30 cases per 1,000 children. Neglect was the most prevalent type (56 percent of all cases) and sexual abuse had the lowest rate (4percent). Of the maltreated children, 47 percent experienced more than one type of maltreatment. Major risk factors were very low parental education and unemployment. It is worrisome that CPS agencies only see the tip of the iceberg as only 12.6 percent of all maltreatment cases were reported to the CPS. Training of professionals in observing and reporting child maltreatment is badly needed. The absence of a legal obligation to report in the Netherlands needs reconsideration. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse causes
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention training; Child abuse reporting; Child neglect causes; Foreign policies; Netherlands; US/foreign comparisons
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