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NCJ Number: 237898 Find in a Library
Title: Child Emotional Aggression and Abuse: Definitions and Prevalence
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:35  Issue:10  Dated:October 2011  Pages:783-796
Author(s): Amy M. Smith Slep; Richard E. Heyman; Jeffery D. Snarr
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article proposes a set of clinically usable definitions for use with victims of child emotional abuse and emotional aggression.
Abstract: Results of a study testing a proposed parent-report measure of parental emotional aggression and child emotional abuse show a 96 percent agreement with the measure in the 5-site development trial, and a 90 percent agreement with the measure in the 41-site dissemination trial. The proposed criteria were then compared to those currently used by researchers to measure levels of child emotional abuse and emotional aggression. Based on the results of a dissemination trials, a self-report measure was developed and used to evaluate the level of parental emotional aggression and child emotional abuse in an online survey of U.S. Air Force personnel and their spouses (n=52,780). The results of the survey indicate that while emotionally aggressive acts reported by parents in the sample were higher than the reported incidences of emotional abuse, the rate was lower than those commonly cited in the research literature. These findings show that the proposed definitions for child emotional aggression and abuse appear to provide clinicians with a better tool for measuring actual levels of parental emotional aggression and child emotional abuse than those that are currently available. Tables, references, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse treatment; Child protection services; Child victims; Children at risk
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