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Caregiving and Household Structure
The following resources address conditions and experiences within a home, such as family structure, parental attitudes, and childrearing approaches, that can place children at risk for maltreatment.
Child Abuse and Physical Punishment
In Understanding Violence (3rd Ed.)
Explores child, parental, and situational factors associated with child abuse, and the interactive role of physical punishment and other parental behaviors on the development of aggression later in life.
Child Abuse in Blended Households: Reports From Runaway and Homeless Youth
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 32(4), 2008
Assesses the risk factor of household structure as it relates to the type of unrelated parent in the child's life. Results showed that having an unrelated parent figure in the home increases the risk for child abuse and neglect, but results do not vary significantly by type of non-relative.
Effect of Deployment on the Occurrence of Child Maltreatment in Military and Nonmilitary Families
Rentz, Marshall, Loomis, Casteel, Martin, & Gibbs
American Journal of Epidemiology, 165(10), 2007
Examines the impact of deployment on military families as it relates to child maltreatment.
Parental Satisfaction in Child Abuse and Neglect: A Review of Standardized Measures
Carpenter & Donohue
Aggression and Violent Behavior, 11(6), 2006
Studies the relationship between parental satisfaction and child maltreatment, and examines existing measures of parental satisfaction and their usefulness in child maltreatment.
Predictors of Child Abuse Potential Among Military Parents: Comparing Mothers and Fathers
Schaeffer, Alexander, Bethke, & Kretz
Journal of Family Violence, 20(2), 2005
Reports common and unique risk factors for child maltreatment in military families. Depression, parental distress, and family conflict were risk factors for both mothers and fathers; low family expressiveness was a risk factor for fathers; and low social support, low family cohesion, and marital dissatisfaction were risk factors for mothers.
Speaking the Unspeakable: Exploring the Impact of Family Dynamics on Child Sexual Abuse Disclosures
Alaggia & Kirshenbaum
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 86(2), 2005
Explains several family characteristics that affect a child's ability to report sexual abuse: a patriarchal family structure, family violence, communication patterns, and social isolation.