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ERIC Number: ED141984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
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Family Interaction in Abusive, Neglectful and Normal Families.
Burgess, Robert L.; Conger, Rand D.
Observational data was taken in the homes of 17 abuse, 17 neglect, and 19 control families to discover whether there are distinctive patterns of day-to-day interaction that distinguish abusive and neglectful families from families with no known history of abusing or neglecting their children. The observational code was recorded through the Behavioral Observation Scoring System. Data indicated that mothers in abuse families direct contacts to other family members at a low rate and when they do interact, either with their spouses or their children, they accentuate the negative more than do their husbands and more than the parents in the control families. The abusive mothers also tended not to interact on a physical level. A somewhat similar pattern emerged for the neglect families: The parents responded positively at a much lower rate than controls and they directed considerably more negative responses to their children. Thus, their low rate of positive parental responding was exacerbated by their high rate of negative contacts. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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