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Child Abuse [microform] : Some Findings from the Analysis of 1172 Reported Cases / Clara L. Johnson
Bib ID 5290502
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Johnson, Clara L
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1975 
12 p. 

A sample of 1,172 cases of both confirmed and unconfirmed child abuse was analyzed in an attempt to identify major demographic variables which might be associated with differential case handling. The data were collected by transferring previously recorded information on child injury cases from state central registries to a standardized form. The majority of cases involved children under 6, males, and whites, although the more serious injuries tended to be suffered by children under 3, males, and blacks. It was found that most children were abused by their own parents in their own homes and that parents tended to abuse children of their own sex. When the data on cases of confirmed versus suspected abuse were examined, two types of differential case handling were indicated. First, female perpetrators tended to inflict more serious injuries but were less frequently confirmed as abusers, thus raising the question of greater leniency toward female perpetrators. Second, the disproportionately larger percentage of cases confirmed as abuse for white children under 1 as compared to black children in the same age range suggested that different criteria might be used in handling cases for different racial groups. Neither of these biases were strongly supported, and a replication with a larger sample was recommended. (JMB)


Sponsoring Agency: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2-5, 1975); Not available in hard copy due to poor reproducibility of original document.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Age Differences.  |  Child Abuse.  |  Child Welfare.  |  Demography.  |  Injuries.  |  Parent Child Relationship.  |  Parents.  |  Racial Differences.  |  Sex Differences.  |  State Surveys.  |  United States (Southeast)
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Regional Inst. of Social Welfare Research, Athens, GA
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