ERIC Number: ED229191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Working With Abusive/Neglectful Indian Parents. Revised.
National Indian Child Abuse and Neglect Resource Center, Tulsa, OK.
Considering such factors as disruption of Indian families caused by Anglo educational programs (missionary schools, BIA boarding schools), by Indian relocation programs, and other non-Indian institutions, many of today's abusive and neglectful Indian parents were victims as children in these same institutions. The 9-page information sheet offers a brief listing of factors which might contribute to child abuse and/or neglect among Indian families. They include cycle of violence (parents were abused themselves), social isolation (apart from economic deprivation, removal from extended family and support network); poor parenting skills; economic deprivation; emotional trauma (death in family, divorce, loss of job); guilt (sense of being a poor parent); psychoses; marital problems; personal frustration; too many children; rigid sex roles (relegating all child care and nurturing to women); poor health; and drugs and alcohol. Basic characteristics of the Indian abusive parent are listed to help recognize suspected abuse or neglect: immaturity, associated dependency, low self-esteem, social isolation, reluctance to seek help, self-abusive, non-confrontative, non-interventive, lacks knowledge of child development, uses corporal punishment, self-righteous, and strong belief in the value of punishment. Two examples of Indian families in need are described along with solutions to the problem of abusive parents. (ERB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHEW/OHD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Indian Child Abuse and Neglect Resource Center, Tulsa, OK.
Note: For related documents, see RC 014 000-005. Best copy available.