ERIC Number: ED179313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Circumstances Surrounding the Occurrence of Child Abuse.
Herrenkohl, Roy C.; Herrenkohl, Ellen C.
The circumstances which give rise to or "trigger" an abuse incident have been given relatively little systematic attention. In analyzing the case records of all families (N=328) charged with child abuse over a ten-year period in a two-county area of Pennsylvania, all instances of family conflict were identified and the circumstances surrounding the incident determined. These circumstances were examined in relation to the type of abuse. Findings indicate that abuse occurs under circumstances that are relatively commonplace in families with children. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect were found to occur under somewhat different although not particularly unusual circumstances in families with children. Explanations for association of such commonplace circumstances with abuse are considered. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHEW/OHD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (Los Angeles, CA, October, 1979)