ERIC Number: ED186107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Defining Child Abuse.
Giovannoni, Jeanne M.; Becerra, Rosina M.
In seeking to clarify the meaning of the terms "child abuse" and "child neglect" it has been assumed that, like other forms of social deviance, they are socially defined phenomena. Interviews were conducted with those professionals (lawyers, pediatricians, police officers, and social workers) who daily handle the problems of abuse and neglect for the County of Los Angeles, and with a representative sample of the general population. In addition, a sample of actual cases of child abuse and neglect drawn from four counties in California were studied. Measures were developed to assess the relative seriousness of the specific incidents of abuse and neglect that had brought the 949 families in the sample under the aegis of protective intervention. The relationship between the seriousness of the incident and the way in which the family was handled was analyzed. The book begins with an overview of the problems involved in defining child abuse. This is followed by a historical review of the changing conceptions of the problems over the past 300 years. The surveys of professionals and the general population are reported in Chapters 3 and 4, respectively. Examination of the actual cases is presented in Chapter 5. The book concludes with a discussion of the policy implications derived from the research. Categories of mistreatment and professionals, ratings, an overview of research methods, and additional tables of data are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Administration, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Community Study, Definitions, History, Intervention, Policy Formation, Professional Personnel, Surveys
The Free Press, 866 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022 ($15.95)
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California