skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 67757 Find in a Library
Title: CHILD ABUSE BY ADOLESCENT BABYSITTERS
Journal: CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(1980)  Pages:15-22
Author(s): J E MARTIN; F C KOURANY
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE STUDIES PHYSICAL CHILD ABUSE BY TEENAGE BABYSITTERS AND PRESENTS GUIDELINES FOR THE PREVENTION AND OF CHILD ABUSE IN BABYSITTING SITUATIONS.
Abstract: OFTEN THE ABUSER IS A PASSIVE PERSON WHO VENTILATES FRUSTRATIONS ON WEAKER OBJECTS AND HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN ABUSED. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ABUSER INCLUDE INSECURITY, INADEQUACY, NARCISSISM HYPERSENSITIVITY, AND POOR IMPULSE CONTROL. CHILDREN WITH MANAGEMENT OR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS MAY PROVOKE UNPREPARED ADOLESCENTS WITH EMOTIONAL LIMITATIONS INTO MOMENTARY RAGE. A SURVEY OF 480 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOWS THAT 46.5 PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS GOT VERY ANGRY AT CHILDREN WHILE BABYSITTING, 33.3 PERCENT SPANKED THEM, 13.3 PERCENT CALLED FOR HELP, 8.3 PERCENT HAD AN ATTACK OF FEAR OR PANIC, 7.7 PERCENT STRUCK THEM, AND 7.7 PERCENT GOT FRUSTRATED AND CRIED. THESE RESULTS INDICATE THAT POTENTIAL ABUSE AND LOSS OF IMPULSE CONTROL CAN OCCUR DURING BABYSITTING SITUATIONS. EARLY CHILDHOOD INTIMACY FAILURES MAY LEAD ADOLESCENTS TO BELIEVE THAT CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS ARE DANGEROUS AND PREDETERMINED TO CAUSE FRUSTRATION, MISTRUST, AND DISAPPOINTMENTS. THE BABYSITTER'S LEVEL OF EMOTIONAL SENSITIVITY AND CONSTITUTIONAL, COGNITIVE, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, ALONG WITH FACTORS SUCH AS AGE, CRISIS, GRIEF, LOVE, ILLNESS, EXAMS, AND GEOGRAPHIC CHANGES, CAN AFFECT THE BABYSITTER'S OVERALL COPING MECHANISMS AND INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF ABUSE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PARENTS TAKE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IN SELECTING TEENAGERS AND MAKE NECESSARY INQUIRIES ABOUT THE BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCES OF POTENTIAL SITTERS. IF ABUSE OCCURS, THE EXAMINER SHOULD MAKE SURE IT IS NOT REPEATED. PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION SHOULD INCLUDE THE CHILD, THE BABYSITTER, AND THE FAMILY, WHILE PROPER AUTHORITIES SHOULD BE NOTIFIED, AND SUPPORTIVE PHOTOGRAPHS AND RADIOLOGICAL STUDIES SHOULD BE MADE. THERE ARE 27 REFERENCES. (JLF)
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Case studies; Child abuse; Child abuse situation remedies; Juveniles
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=67757

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.