ERIC Number: ED335585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-11
The Relationship between Major Life Events and the Potential for Child Abuse.
High risk parenting and child abuse are the consequences of multiple and interactive factors. The occurrence of major life events such as death, divorce, marriage, and pregnancy frequently presents stressors that may ignite an already volatile family situation. This study was conducted to examine the incidence of reported major life events in families determined to be at-risk for abuse/neglect and the relationship of the life event scores to the Abuse Score and subscale scores on the Child Abuse Potential (CAP) Inventory and selected demographic variables. At-risk parents (N=24) completed the CAP Inventory and the Life Events Scale. The findings revealed that a substantial number of the subjects had experienced more than one serious life event, such as deaths of family members, jail sentences, serious illnesses, and divorces during the previous year. The overall Abuse Score as well as the Distress and Unhappiness subscales of the CAP Inventory had significant correlations with the Life Events Score (LES). The parent's educational level had a significant correlation with the LES. Findings were used by staff members at a Head Start parent education program to plan and augment the curriculum. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (37th, New Orleans, LA, April 11-13, 1991).