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NCJ Number: 77725 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Child Abuse on Psychosexual and Psychosocial Development and Implications for Delinquency (From Exploring the Relationship Between Child Abuse and Delinquency, P 240-251, 1981, Robert J Hunner and Yvonne Elder Walker, ed. - See NCJ-77711)
Author(s): F B Raymond
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Allanheld, Osmun and Co Publishers, Inc
Montclair, NJ 07042
Sale Source: Allanheld, Osmun and Co Publishers, Inc
6 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews research on the characteristics of abusing parents and abused children, discusses the possible effects of abuse on the psychosocial and psychosexual development, and suggests areas of research which would help verify these effects.
Abstract: Previous research has shown that child-abusing parents cannot be characterized by race, social class, religion, education, or occupation. However, they have several psychological elements in common. They tend to be immature, dependent, socially isolated, impulse ridden, rigid, and self-centered. In addition, they often feel rejected and angry. Abused children often share such behavioral characteristics as being either fearful or fearless of adult authority and either aggressive and destructive or passive and withdrawn. Furthermore, they are often hungry for affection, have school problems, and develop into hostile and violent adults. The paper theorizes that insofar as relationships exist between child abuse and delinquency, they are best explained in terms of the impact of abuse on the child's normal development. The paper demonstrates how the occurrence of abuse during each of the five stages of childhood development (infancy, toddlerhood, early school age, middle school age, and adolescence) can result ultimately in delinquent behavior. Selected research findings are used to illustrate the heuristic value of the proposed theoretical perspective. Research questions which would examine pertinent relationships are presented. A total of 22 references are supplied. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Abused children; Behavior patterns; Child abuse; Deviance; Juvenile delinquency factors; Literature reviews; Psychological theories
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