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NCJ Number: 94298 Find in a Library
Title: Social Class, Child Maltreatment, and Delinquent Behavior
Journal: Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1984)  Pages:259-278
Author(s): S E Brown
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 20
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The relationship between social class and child maltreatment and between maltreatment and delinquency were examined, particular attention being paid to previous deficiencies in the operationalizations of maltreatment and class.
Abstract: Maltreatment was operationalized with subscales for physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect, while social class was operationalized with multiple indicators. Survey data for 110 high school freshmen were analyzed and revealed the following: (a) weak but consistent inverse correlation between social class and all forms of child maltreatment, (b) a stronger relationship between social class and maltreatment when lower-class membership was operationalized in a manner consistent with the concept of an underclass, (c) that emotional abuse and neglect were correlated positively with all forms of delinquent behavior examined, and (d) that physical abuse was not correlated appreciably and positively with any form of delinquency. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Juvenile delinquency factors; Social classes
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