The main objective of the study was to investigate the relationship between age of the very young victim and the type of abuse perpetrated against that victim.
A secondary objective was to examine gender and racial differences in child abuse and neglect in children between the ages of birth and 7 years.
Archived data for all cases of substantiated abuse of children for the years of 1990-1996 inclusive were retrieved from a data bank at a county children services department (N=876).
Chi-square analyses were used to determine age, gender, and racial differences in child abuse and neglect in children 0 to 7 years of age.
Neglect was the most common form of primary substantiated abuse recorded for this population of children under the age of 7 years, although the incidence of neglect decreased as chronological age of the child increased.
Sexual abuse increased in occurrence as the children got older.
Girls were more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than boys.
No significant age differences were observed for physical abuse or for emotional abuse, and no racial differences were detected for any of the four types of abuse examined. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Enfant maltraité, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, Age, Sexe, Ethnie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Article synthèse, Nourrisson, Homme, Enfant, Victimologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Child abuse, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Mental health, Age, Sex, Ethnic group, United States, North America, America, Review, Infant, Human, Child, Victimology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0445080
Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 22/03/2000.