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  1. Predicting maltreatment of children of teenage mothers.

    Article - En anglais


    To determine the degree to which knowing certain characteristics about young high-risk families can help distinguish those families most likely to maltreat their children from those families at lower risk of maltreating their children.


    Observational cohort from which the following predictor variables were gathered when infants were 2 months old : maternal age, depressive symptoms, child-rearing attitudes, social support, and living situation (with or apart from related adults).

    Families were followed up for 24 months to identify the occurrence of maltreatment.


    An urban, socioeconomically disadvantaged cohort of teenage mothers and their infants attending a hospital-based special primary care clinic for teen mothers and their infants.


    All full-term infants and mothers enrolled into the clinic in 1990 participated in the study.

    This included 47 mother-infant pairs enrolled when infants were 2 months of age.

    Forty-five of these pairs were available for follow-up when infants were 24 months of age.

    Main Outcome Measures 

    Maltreatment defined as any incident that prompted investigation by the state child protective agency and was found to be a substantiated case of maltreatment by that agency.


    Maltreatment occurred in 15 of 45 families before the child's second birthday.

    Discriminate function analysis produced a model that correctly classified 13 of 15 maltreating mothers and misclassified one of 30 non-maltreating mothers.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Enfant maltraité, Mère, Adolescent, Homme, Trouble comportement social, Femelle, Modèle prévision, Risque élevé, Facteur prédictif

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Child abuse, Mother, Adolescent, Human, Social behavior disorder, Female, Forecast model, High risk, Predictive factor

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0278390

    Code Inist : 002B18C04. Création : 01/03/1996.