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NCJ Number: 51769 Find in a Library
Title: FAMILY KINDRED WITH ILL-USED CHILDREN - THE BURDEN ON THE COMMUNITY
Author(s): J E OLIVER; J COX
Corporate Author: Royal College of Psychiatrists
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Royal College of Psychiatrists
London W.1, England
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: MEDICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES RECORDS ARE USED TO BUILD A THREE-GENERATION FAMILY PEDIGREE WHICH DETAILS THE ABUSE EACH MEMBER SUFFERED AS A CHILD AND TRACES THE OUTCOME. THE AMOUNT OF SOCIAL WELFARE EXPENDED IS ADDED UP.
Abstract: THE PRECIPITATING EVENT FOR THIS BRITISH STUDY WAS THE ADMISSION OF A 9-MONTH-OLD BABY TO THE HOSPITAL AS THE RESULT OF SEVERE ABUSE BY THE FATHER. THIS BABY WAS THE FOURTH GENERATION OF A FAMILY WHICH HAD ABSORBED A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF TIME AND WELFARE AID. CASE FILES WERE SEARCHED TO BUILD A MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY PROFILE. A GENEOLOGICAL TABLE GIVES AN OVERVIEW OF THIS FAMILY WHILE AN ACCOMPANYING DATA TABLE DESCRIBES THE OUTCOME OF EACH INDIVIDUAL. THE GRANDPARENTS WERE BOTH SOCIAL AGENCY CLIENTS, THE GRANDFATHER SUFFERING FROM BRAIN DAMAGE AND ALCOHOLISM AND THE GRANDMOTHER FROM PSYCHOPATHOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR. OF THEIR 11 CHILDREN, 8 SHOWED SEVERE PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE. THE THREE WHO DEVELOPED NORMALLY CHOSE SOCIALLY ADEQUATE SPOUSES AND LEFT THE WELFARE SYSTEM. THE REMAINING EIGHT SELECTED SPOUSES WITH VARYING DEGREES OF SOCIAL PATHOLOGY AND AMONG THEM REQUIRED THE HELP OF NUMEROUS SOCIAL WORKERS, DOCTORS, AND VOLUNTEERS. OF THE 29 CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, 17 HAD A TOTAL OF 25-200 'HELPERS' AND 13 HAD BEEN HOUSED IN 5 OR MORE INSTITUTIONS. OF THE 14 SPOUSES, 6 HAD 25-100 'HELPERS' AND 5 HAD BEEN IN 5 OR MORE INSTITUTIONS. BY THE THIRD GENERATION THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS HAD BECOME SEVERE. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT LEAVING A BATTERED OR NEGLECTED CHILD IN THE HOME IS NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST COURSE. REFERENCES ARE APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Children at risk; Emotional disorders; Family crisis; Genetic influences on behavior; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Home environment; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Mental disorders; Parent-Child Relations; Social conditions; Social work; Sociopaths; Studies
Note: REPRINTED FROM THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, V 123, N 572 (JULY 1973)
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