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NCJ Number: 123480 Find in a Library
Title: Do Abused Children Become Abusive Parents?
Journal: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry  Volume:57  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1987)  Pages:186-192
Author(s): J Kaufman; E Zigler
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The belief that abused children are likely to become abusive parents is widely accepted, but the authors contend that this belief cannot be unconditionally supported.
Abstract: A review of case history, agency record, and self-report studies indicates that about one-third of all individuals who were physically abused, sexually abused, or extremely neglected will subject their children to one of these forms of maltreatment. The rate of abuse among individuals with a history of abuse is approximately six times higher than the base rate for abuse in the general population. Although this suggests that being maltreated as a child is an important risk factor in the etiology of abuse, most maltreated children do not become abusive parents. Many mediating factors affect the likelihood of intergenerational abuse. Consequently, unqualified acceptance of the intergenerational hypothesis is unwarranted. 41 references.
Main Term(s): Child abuse causes
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Juvenile dependency and neglect
Note: Revised version of a paper published in August 1986
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