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NCJ Number: 43040 Find in a Library
Title: CHILD ABUSE - EARLY WARNING IN THE MATERNITY HOSPITAL
Journal: DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY  Volume:18  Dated:(1976)  Pages:759-766
Author(s): M A LYNCH; J ROBERTS; M GORDON
Corporate Author: Spastics International Medical Publications
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Spastics International Medical Publications
London, W1, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: EARLY DETECTION OF FAMILIES WITH A HIGH POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE CAN LEAD TO EFFECTIVE PREVENTION. THIS PAPER PRESENTS RESULTS OF A STUDY WHICH IDENTIFIED FACTORS THAT MAY BE USED TO PREDICT POTENTIAL ABUSE BY NEW MOTHERS.
Abstract: THE STUDY POPULATION FOR THIS RESEARCH WAS 29 ABUSED CHILDREN WHOSE FAMILIES HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THE HOSPITAL SOCIAL WORKER EITHER DURING THE PREGNANCY OR THE NEONATAL PERIOD. A CONTRAST GROUP OF 55 NON-ABUSED CHILDREN WHOSE FAMILIES HAD ALSO BEEN REFERRED TO THE SOCIAL WORKER WAS ALSO ESTABLISHED, AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TWO GROUPS WERE COMPARED. THE RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE TWO GROUPS COULD BE DISTINGUISHED BY THREE VARIABLES: (1) THE ABUSED CHILDREN WERE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN IN THE SPECIAL CARE NURSERY: 59 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 24 PER CENT (2) THEIR FAMILY'S SOCIAL PROBLEMS AT DELIVERY WERE 'DIFFUSE' RATHER THAN 'DEFINED': 90 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 27 PER CENT. (3) CONCERN OVER MOTHERING WAS RECORDED IN THE MATERNITY HOSPITAL RECORDS IN 72 PER CENT OF THE CASES COMPARED WITH 15 PER CENT OF THE CONTRAST GROUP. IT IS CONCLUDED THEREFORE THAT FAMILIES 'AT RISK' CAN, IN PRACTICE, BE ASCERTAINED IN THE MATERNITY HOSPITAL. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...DMC
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Comparative analysis; England; Family counseling; Home environment; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Prediction; Social work
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