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NCJ Number: 43039 Find in a Library
Title: PREDICTING CHILD ABUSE - SIGNS OF BONDING FAILURE IN THE MATERNITY HOSPITAL
Journal: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL  Volume:1  Dated:(1977)  Pages:624-626
Author(s): M A LYNCH; J ROBERTS
Corporate Author: British Medical Assoc
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: British Medical Assoc
London, WC1 H9JR, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THIS RESEARCH COMPARED FIFTY CHILDREN REFERRED TO A HOSPITAL FOR ACTUAL OR THREATENED ABUSE WITH FIFTY CONTROLS TO ISOLATE FACTORS IN PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS WHICH CAN BE USED TO PREDICT CHILD ABUSE..
Abstract: FIVE FACTORS WERE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE COMMON IN THE ABUSED GROUP THAN AMONG THEIR CONTROLS: (A) MOTHER AGED UNDER 20 AT BIRTH OF FIRST CHILD, (B) EVIDENCE OF EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE, (C) REFERRAL OF FAMILY TO HOSPITAL SOCIAL WORKER, (D) BABY'S ADMISSION TO SPECIAL CARE BABY UNIT, (E) RECORDED CONCERN OVER THE MOTHER'S ABILITY TO CARE FOR CHILD. THIRTY-FIVE OF THE ABUSED GROUP HAD TWO OR MORE OF THESE FACTORS COMPARED WITH ONLY FIVE OF THE CONTROL GROUP. THE AUTHORS STATE THAT AS THESE DATA WERE COLLECTED FROM INFORMATION RECORDED ROUTINELY AT THE MATERNITY HOSPITAL, IT IS POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY MOST ABUSING FAMILIES WHEN THE CHILD IS BORN. THEY CONCLUDE THAT SUCH IDENTIFICATION MUST LEAD TO A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF EACH CASE FOLLOWED BY CONSTRUCTIVE PREVENTIVE ACTION. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)...DMC
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Crime prevention measures; Home environment; Interpersonal relations; Prediction
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