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NCJ Number: 229806 Find in a Library
Title: Characteristic Features of Severe Child Physical Abuse - A Multi-informant Approach
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:165-172
Author(s): Eva-Maria Annerback; Carl-Goran Svedin; Per A. Gustafsson
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority
901 09 UMEA, Sweden
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a multi-informant approach, this study examined background and risk factors in cases of severe child physical abuse in Sweden.
Abstract: Minor child physical abuse has decreased in Sweden since 1979, when a law banning corporal punishment of children was passed, but more serious forms have not decreased. The aim of this study was to examine risk and background factors in cases of severe child abuse reported to the police. Files from different agencies (e.g., Social services, Adult and Child psychiatry and Pediatric clinic) for 20 children and 34 caretakers were studied. An accumulation of risk factors was found. It is concluded that when the following four factors are present, there is a risk for severe child abuse: 1) a person with a tendency to use violence in conflict situations; 2) a strong level of stress on the perpetrator and the family; 3) an insufficient social network that does not manage to protect the child; 4) a child that does not manage to protect him or herself. Thus, multiple sources of information must be used when investigating child abuse. Tables, appendix, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Assault and battery; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse reporting; Child protection services; Childcare worker casework; Sweden
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