ERIC Number: ED189813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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Primary Prevention of Child Abuse: The Identification of High Risk Parents.
Bavolek, Stephen J.
The study was designed to assess the parenting and child rearing attitudes of four parent populations: abusive parents (N=24), foster parents (N=99), parents of handicapped children (N=171), and nonabusive parents (N=47). Demographic data was collected on the four populations and Ss were administered the Adolescent Parenting Inventory. Among findings were that 23 of the 24 abusive parents were females with a mean age range of 26 to 30 years, that foster parents reported 48% of the children were abused prior to placement, that approximately 91% of the handicapped children's parents indicated they had an excellent to average relationship with their mothers and fathers with 6% indicating they felt their parents abused them as children, and that 63% of nonabusive parents indicated that they had an above average to excellent relationship with their mothers while only 53% indicated similar relationships with their fathers. Conclusions included that the Adolescent Parenting Inventory has demonstrated successful utility in assessing and discriminating the parenting and child rearing attitudes among abusive and nonabusive parents; and, as a group, parents of handicapped children expressed limited empathic behaviors and place greater demands on children to meet their own needs. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Eau Claire.