ERIC Number: ED189751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Prospective Study of the Antecedents of Child Abuse. Final Report.
Egeland, Byron; And Others
The document presents the final report on a 1 year study of 267 mother-infant pairs at risk for child abuse, in which maternal characteristics, infant temperament, environmental stress factors, and mother-child interaction were examined in an attempt to identify differences between mothers who mistreat their children and those who do not. Three subgroups of Ss were compared: mothers who have abused, neglected, or in some way mistreated their infants; mothers matched for age, education, and marital status; and those providing excellent infant care. The total at risk sample and the subsamples are described, and the at risk prospective methodology is discussed. The excellent and inadequate care groups are described demographically. Baby temperament and neonatal organization data are presented, and their relationship to the quality of care the child receives is examined along with the relationship of parental factors and mistreatment. Most of the results focus on mother characteristics and their relationship to quality of care; however, some information on fathers is presented. Particular focus is placed on bonding, attachment, and deviant patterns of mother-infant interaction observed in feeding and play. Life stress data are also presented, along with implications and conclusions. (Author/DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHEW/OHD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.