ERIC Number: ED311378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-10
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Students' Responses Concerning Personal Incidences of Child Abuse in an Eleven County Area of Middle Tennessee.
Reddick, Thomas L.; Peach, Larry E.
Child abuse, ranging from neglect to sexual abuse and murder, is a serious problem in contemporary America. Abuse may be defined as any force that compromises a child's capacity to achieve his physical and psychological potential. This study sought to determine the personal incidences of child abuse experienced by high school seniors in public high schools in a mainly rural region of middle Tennessee. The study also investigated the effects of child abuse upon the lives and behavior of its victims. Subjects (N=275) were 18-year-olds who responded to a 15-item questionnaire requesting information on their life experiences. Approximately 28 percent of the participants reported having experienced abuse, with the greatest percentage reporting abuse from birth through 5 years of age. The most common forms of neglect were lack of emotional support and failure to provide adequate affection. The most common form of physical abuse was being slapped or punched; the most common form of psychological abuse was verbal attack. Sexual abuse was reported by 10 percent of subjects. Caring adults should devise strategies to decrease the incidences of child abuse and proper treatment should be provided to those in need. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee