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NCJ Number: 229856 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence of Childhood Abuse in Mothers Taking Part in a Study of Parenting Their Own Children
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January - February 2010  Pages:39-55
Author(s): Helga Sneddon; Dorota Iwaniec; Moira C. Stewart
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Northern Ireland Dept of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Research and Development Office
Belfast, BT4 3SJ
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined the prevalence of five types of maltreatment in a sample of mothers in Northern Ireland taking part in a general study of parenting.
Abstract: This paper describes the incidence of maltreatment histories in a community sample of mothers of 1-year-old infants in Northern Ireland. The occurrence of five subsets of childhood maltreatment is examined: emotional abuse, emotional neglect, physical abuse, physical neglect, and sexual abuse. Of the 201 women who completed the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, 70 mothers (35 percent) reported that they had experienced 1 or more types of maltreatment during childhood. Forty-eight mothers (24 percent) gave a history of being emotionally abused, 43 (21 percent) of emotional neglect, 27 (13 percent) of physical abuse, 20 (10 percent) of sexual abuse and 19 (10 percent) of physical neglect. Physical abuse was the only type of maltreatment which showed an association with maternal socio-economic status, with a higher incidence reported amongst Occupational Classes 4 and 5 (lower supervisory and technical occupations and semi-routine and routine groups). More than half of those with a history of abuse experienced more than one type of maltreatment (42 mothers or 60 percent of those reporting maltreatment). Differences in rates of incidence to more recent studies on younger adults are discussed, as well as implications for prevention and intervention. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Emotional Abuse/Harm; Home environment; Northern Ireland; Parental attitudes; Sexual assault
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