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ERIC Number: EJ882420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1537-4416
Predicting Child Abuse Potential: An Empirical Investigation of Two Theoretical Frameworks
Begle, Angela Moreland; Dumas, Jean E.; Hanson, Rochelle F.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, v39 n2 p208-219 2010
This study investigated two theoretical risk models predicting child maltreatment potential: (a) Belsky's (1993) developmental-ecological model and (b) the cumulative risk model in a sample of 610 caregivers (49% African American, 46% European American; 53% single) with a child between 3 and 6 years old. Results extend the literature by using a widely accepted and valid risk instrument rather than occurrence rates (e.g., reports to child protective services, observations). Results indicated Belsky's developmental-ecological model, in which risk markers were organized into three separate conceptual domains, provided a poor fit to the data. In contrast, the cumulative risk model, which included the accumulation of risk markers, was significant in predicting child abuse potential. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory; Parenting Stress Index; Child Abuse Potential Inventory