ERIC Number: EJ786968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Self-Reports of Child Maltreatment in the U.S.: A Key Social Indicator
Kesner, John E.
Social Indicators Research, v83 n1 p117-124 Aug 2007
A key social indicator of the well being of a society is the health and welfare of their children. Child maltreatment is a major problem in the U.S. and the world and the reporting of maltreatment has been the subject of much research and debate. However, little is known about self-reports of child maltreatment. Children face many obstacles that may prevent them from reporting their own maltreatment to authorities. Despite these obstacles, a small percentage of all child maltreatment reports made to child protective services (CPS) in the US are made by the victim. The purpose of this paper is to describe an analysis of reports made to CPS by the child-victim of maltreatment over a three-year period. Results indicated significant differences related to child race, gender and substantiation rate among self-reports and reports made by others.
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Well Being, Social Indicators, Victims of Crime, Child Welfare, Racial Differences, Gender Differences, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Individual Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States