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Title: Adolescent Maltreatment - A Guide for Practice and Policy
Author(s): J Garbarino
Corporate Author: Washington University
Ctr for Adolescent Mental Health
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Washington University
St Louis, MO 63130
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Washington University
Ctr for Adolescent Mental Health
Campus H
Box 1196
St Louis, MO 63130
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Within the context of research on adolescent abuse, this monograph advances eight hypotheses concerning the epidemiology and etiology of abuse and discusses the implications for policy and service delivery.
Abstract: The first hypothesis posits that the incidence of adolescent maltreatment equals or exceeds that of child maltreatment. The second holds that such maltreatment includes all forms of abuse and neglect, with sexual and psychological abuse most prevalent. The third suggests that while the incidence of abuse of females increases with age, that of males decreases. The fourth hypothesis states that in some cases, abuse is merely a continuation of patterns from childhood, while in others, it reflects the family's inability to meet the challenges of adolescence. The fifth suggests that the large social class differences found in families at risk of child abuse are absent among families at risk of adolescent abuse. That families at risk of adolescent abuse are more likely to contain stepparents is the basis for the next hypothesis, and the final hypothesis suggests that adolescents at risk of maltreatment are less socially competent and exhibit more developmental problems than their peers. Overall, these hypotheses, based on research findings, suggest that maltreatment is more likely to arise when troubled youth live within high-risk families. Consequently, efforts should be aimed at identifying risk factors related to adjustment in adolescence. Parent education programs should direct parents toward more adaptive patterns of reciprocal negotiation and appropriate use of parental authority. Included are 25 references.
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Behavioral science research; Child abuse; Epidemiology of crime; Family intervention programs; Parent-Child Relations; Research uses in policymaking
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