ERIC Number: ED252292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Black Perspectives on Child Abuse.
Williams, Carol W.
Extending an earlier analysis by Giovannoni and Becerra (1979) that compared attitudes of Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites toward child abuse and neglect, this discussion provides an in-depth analysis of responses by Black parents. Vignettes describing situations of potential risk to children were rated by 129 Black respondents. The vignettes illustrated 13 categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional mistreatment, fostering delinquency, nutritional neglect, medical neglect, lack of supervision, drug/alcohol abuse, lack of cleanliness, educational neglect, problematic parental sexual mores, inadequate clothing, and inadequate housing. Findings were analyzed at both a categorical and individual vignette level. Results indicated that the categories of sexual abuse, fostering delinquency, and lack of supervision were ranked as the most serious. Intra-category item ratings indicated that the most serious scores were given to vignettes in which parents actively involved children in delinquent behavior, left children alone, exposed children to illegal drugs, and physically abused children in bizarre ways that presented a danger to the child. A clear distinction was made between physical abuse and reasonable corporal punishment. While some results can be interpreted in terms of research on Black culture, it is concluded that more needs to be known about normative childrearing and patterns of discipline in order to place the findings in a cultural context. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Black Child Development Institute (Chicago, IL, October 10-12, 1984).