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NCJ Number: 98550 Find in a Library
Title: Definition, Dynamics, and Prevalence of Assault Against Children - A Multifactorial Model (From Assault Against Children, P 1-46, 1985, John H Meier, ed. - See NCJ-98549)
Author(s): J H Meier
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: College-Hill Press
San Diego, CA 92105
Sale Source: College-Hill Press
4284 41st Street
San Diego, CA 92105
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of the child assault problem surveys parental, child, and ecological causes of assault, as well as international, national, State and local data on the incidence of assault.
Abstract: A discussion of the multifactorial model emphasizes that a wide variety of combinations and permutations of factors can cause or contribute to actual episodes of child assault. Parental factors include status, psychosocial or psychological problems, and sociogiological factors: age of parent perpetrator, socioeconomic status, abuse of the parent as a child, mental illness, poor impulse control, alcohol or drug abuse, and stress. Child factors contributing to abuse are reviewed, including the unwanted child and the child who has colic, a disability, hyperactivity, or other problems that make parenting difficult. The paper explores environmental factors that can influence the behavior of a parent or child. Topics covered include marital discord and value conflicts, single parent families, and family characteristics - size, parents' employment, social isolation, harsh disciplinary practices, and ignorance regarding human development. The paper summarizes statistics on child assault in foreign countries, the United States, the State of California, and its counties. A section on identification and reporting lists common characteristics of assaulted or neglected children, as well as characteristics of assaultive parents or caretakers. A diagram of the multifactorial model of child assault is supplied.
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Child abuse detection
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