ERIC Number: EJ694280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 20
Explaining Black-White Disparity in Maltreatment: Poverty, Female-Headed Families, and Urbanization
Schuck, Amie M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v67 n3 p543-551 Aug 2005
The purpose of the current study was to assess a structural level explanation of racial disparity in child maltreatment. Using data from Florida counties (1998-2001) and the 2000 census, the effects of poverty, concentrated poverty, and female-headed families in poverty on Black, White, and the difference between Black-White rates of child maltreatment were assessed (N=67). Results suggested that the structural covariates of maltreatment vary by race and that differences in female-headed families in poverty can explain some, but not all, of the Black-White racial disparity in child maltreatment. Increasing programs that focus on reducing poverty among female-headed Black families and the exposure of Black families to concentrated poverty should decrease some of the overrepresentation of Black children in the child welfare system.
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Identifiers - Location: Florida