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NCJ Number: 52028 Find in a Library
Title: REPORTING CHILD ABUSE - REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
Journal: FAMILY LAW QUARTERLY  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:(FALL 1974)  Pages:245-313
Author(s): A SUSSMAN
Corporate Author: American Bar Association
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 69
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Association
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: FOLLOWING A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEDICAL AND SOCIAL CONCERN WITH CHILD ABUSE AND EARLY LEGAL PROPOSALS TO ENCOURAGE REPORTING, THE CURRENT STATE OF CHILD ABUSE REPORTING LAWS IS SURVEYED.
Abstract: THE FIRST SERIOUS MEDICAL STUDY OF CHILD ABUSE WAS MADE IN 1946. FOLLOWUP WORK BY DOCTORS AND SOCIAL SCIENTISTS IS TRACED THROUGH THE 1950'S AND 1960'S. THE PURPOSE OF REPORTING LAWS IS EXAMINED, AND STATES WITH REPORTING LAWS ARE SURVEYED. DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT ARE DISCUSSED, ALONG WITH THE DIFFICULTIES CAUSED BY BORDERLINE CASES. MOST STATE LAWS ATTEMPT TO DEFINE ABUSE IN TERMS OF THE NATURE OF THE INJURY. SOME LAWS INCORPORATE SEXUAL ABUSE INTO THE DEFINITION OF CHILD ABUSE. VARIATIONS IN UPPER AGE LIMITS FOR REPORTABLE CASES ARE EXAMINED. THE VAGUE STATUATORY STANDARDS INVOLVING NEGLECT ARE DISCUSSED WITH EXAMPLES PROVIDED, AND THE EXTREMELY CLOUDY AREA OF EMOTIONAL NEGLECT IS COVERED. THE DETAILS OF VARIOUS MANDATORY REPORTING LAWS ARE SUMMARIZED IN TERMS OF WHO MUST REPORT, FORM OF THE REPORT, DISPOSITION OF THE REPORT, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTRAL REGISTRIES. THE HARM WHICH CAN BE DONE BY MANDATORY REPORTING IS EXAMINED, AND LEGAL SAFEGUARDS WHICH SHOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO REPORTING STATUTES ARE SUGGESTED. FOOTNOTES CONTAIN 199 REFERENCES. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child molesters; Citizen crime reporting; Incest; Juvenile dependency and neglect; State laws; United States of America
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