ERIC Number: ED312586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-10
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A Review of Recent Literature on Child Abuse and Sequelae.
Burns, John L.
This paper addresses moderate- to long-term psychological effects of child abuse. It begins by discussing characteristics of effective and ineffective parenting to provide a background of potential contributors to child abuse within the family system. Belsky's (1984) developmental model of determinants of parenting behavior is explained and his three categories of determinants of parenting (personality/psychological well-beingness of the parent, child characteristics, and contextual events) are discussed. This discussion is followed by an examination of some issues surrounding the methodology of child abuse research, including the basic problem of developing operational definitions of child abuse. Also considered is the issue of validity of reports of alleged abuse by either victim or perpetrator. The evolution of research on child abuse is traced through three stages: focus on alleged victims only, focus on comparing alleged victims with nonabused persons, and random samplings to ascertain frequency. Finally, recent literature on relatively long-term effects of prior abuse is considered. Comments are offered with respect to the diversity of opinion of effects of prior abuse and prior abuse is considered in terms of the uniqueness or peculiarity of its sequelae. A list of 26 references is included. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 8-10, 1989).