ERIC Number: ED213523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Child Abuse: Current Knowledge and Future Needs for Research. Matrix No. 9
Newberger, Eli H.; Newberger, Carolyn Moore
At the beginning of this paper what is known about the effects of maltreatment on children is described. From that discussion, a general impression of the nature and quality of current knowledge emerges, with a focus on theoretical and methodological implications. It is concluded that reports on the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive-developmental consequences of child abuse present an impression of serious and profound pathology in the victims, but that analysis of these studies demonstrates major methodological flaws that limit their generalizability, scientific validity, and utility for building theory and for guiding practice. The second section of the paper discusses the importance of theory to knowledge, prevention, and treatment of child abuse. An account of the development of child abuse research is provided. The account describes the shift in research objectives from a set of unitary theories to a set of integrative hypotheses -- a shift from a search for a single cause of child abuse to the identification of individual differences in etiology. In the final section of the paper, future research needs are identified. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Etiology, Intervention, Pathology, Prevention, Research Needs, Research Problems, Theories
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, P.O. Box 1182, Washington, DC 20013 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Div.
Identifiers: Theoretic Orientation; Theory Development
Note: Paper presented at the Research Forum on Children and Youth (Washington, D.C., May 18-19, 1981). For related documents, see PS 012 708-712, and PS 012 719-721.