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ERIC Number: ED405995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Ethnic Diversity and the Potential for Child Abuse.
Medora, Nilufer P.; And Others
This study compared the potential for child abuse among three ethnic groups, when age, educational attainment, and marital status were controlled for in a sample of ethnically diverse, low-income mothers residing in a large metropolitan area. Participants (n=195) were between 15 and 45 years and were enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children federal nutrition program. Forty-six percent of the participants were African-American, 24 percent were Latino, and 20 percent were Anglo-American. About 60 percent were married. About 40 percent of the participants had some education beyond high school, about 30 percent had completed high school, and about 30 percent had not completed high school. The potential for child abuse was measured by a shortened version of the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAPI). Findings revealed that subscale scores for loneliness, rigidity, problems, and social and self-control were very similar for the three ethnic groups. The total scores and the parental satisfaction measure were also similar. Analysis of the scores indicated that there were no significant differences among the three ethnic groups on any CAPI subscales, the total scores, or the parental satisfaction measure. The findings may indicate that the shortened version of the CAPI is not sensitive enough to measure fine differences for the potential for child abuse among ethnic groups. (Contains 44 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Abuse Potential Inventory