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NCJ Number: 50104 Find in a Library
Title: NEGLECTING PARENTS - A STUDY OF PSYCHOSOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS
Author(s): M I COHEN; E PHILBRICK; R M MULFORD
Corporate Author: American Humane Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: American Humane Assoc
Englewood, CO 80112
Sale Source: American Humane Assoc
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: NEARLY 1000 FAMILIES IN A PROTECTIVE SERVICE CASELOAD WERE STUDIED IN THE COURSE OF A RESEARCH PROJECT DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY THE PSYCHOSOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PARENTS WHO NEGLECT THEIR CHILDREN.
Abstract: THE SURVEY FORM CONSISTED OF 25 SEPARATE ITEMS SELECTED TO SAMPLE VARIOUS DIMENSIONS OF THE CLIENTS. IT WAS FOUND THAT IN 64 PERCENT OF THE CASES THE FAMILY CONSISTED OF BOTH PARENTS AND THAT THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PER FAMILY WAS 3.4. EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE HEADS OF FAMILIES WERE 25 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER, NINETY-TWO PERCENT WERE WHITE. WITH REGARD TO EDUCATION LEVEL, 65 PERCENT WENT TO SCHOOL UP TO 8 YEARS, AND 28 PERCENT GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL. THE MEDIAN TOTAL FAMILY INCOME WAS CLOSE TO $75 A WEEK, OR $3,900 A YEAR, WITH 30 PERCENT OF THE GROUP RECEIVING SOME FORM OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. ONE-THIRD OF THE FAMILIES MOVED AT LEAST ONCE IN THE PROCEDING 2-YEAR PERIOD AND ANOTHER THIRD MOVED MORE THAN ONCE DURING THIS PERIOD; THE HOUSING FOR 41 PERCENT WAS JUDGED DETERIORATED, ELEVEN PERCENT WERE REPORTED AS PARTICIPATING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS' ACTIVITIES AND 18 PERCENT PARTICIPATING IN AN ADULT CENTERED ACTIVITY. OF THE GROUP, 41 PERCENT WERE MEMBERS OF CHILD CENTERED GROUPS. SEVENTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF THE CLIENT GROUP VISIT AND/OR COMMUNICATE WITH KIN. RATINGS ON SOCIAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND INTERPERSONAL DIMENSIONS SHOW THAT 59 PERCENT WERE POOR DISCIPLINARIANS, 47 PERCENT WERE CONSIDERED POOR CARETAKERS, AND 46 PERCENT WERE JUDGED TO BE POORLY PERFORMING THE PARENT ROLE IN THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. WITH RESPECT TO INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, THE DATA SHOWED THAT 39 PERCENT WERE GENERALLY SUPPORTIVE TOWARD OTHERS, 33 PERCENT WERE GENERALLY ISOLATED AND 29 PERCENT WERE GENERALLY DESTRUCTIVE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIPS. IN TERMS OF A GLOBAL SUCCESS-FAILURE EVALUATION, 6 PERCENT THOUGHT OF THEMSELVES AS HAVING MORE SUCCESSES THAN FAILURES IN LIFE; 40 PERCENT FELT THEIR FAILURES WERE GREATER THAN THEIR SUCCESSES; AND 54 PERCENT FELT THAT THERE WAS A BALANCE BETWEEN SUCCESSES AND FAILURES. OF THE GROUP STUDIED FOR EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS, 64 PERCENT WERE JUDGED TO HAVE THREE EMOTIONAL REACTION PATTERNS WHICH TOGETHER CAN BE SEEN AS INAPPROPRIATE. WITHIN THIS GROUP, 28 PERCENT HAD A HIGHLY VARIABLE, 20 AN EXAGGERATED, AND 16 AN UNEXPRESSED MODE TO THEIR EMOTIONS. IMPLICATIONS FOR TREATMENT ARE PROVIDED, ALONG WITH TABULAR DATA.
Index Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Research
Note: PRESENTED AT THE 93RD ANNUAL FORUM OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WELFARE HELD IN DALLAS, TEXAS, ON MAY 25, 1967
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