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Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect (1993)


Suggested Citation:"B SUPPLEMENTARY VIEWS." National Research Council. 1993. Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2117.

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Panel members Dorothy O. Lewis, Murray A. Straus, and Gail E. Wyatt concur with the recommendations in Chapter 10 and the Summary of this report and wish to propose the following additional recommendation:

The United States has significantly more violent crime than either Western Europe or Canada. Its homicide rate alone is many times those of Great Britain and Canada. Homicide is the second leading cause of death among teens in the United States and the leading cause of death among black male teenagers in the United States. This raises questions about the relationship between societal violence and child maltreatment. Does a violent environment encourage maltreatment? To what extent does having been a victim of maltreatment contribute to societal violence? Are societal violence and maltreatment correlates or consequences of other factors? Thus, research on the possible relationship of societal violence and child maltreatment should be encouraged and supported.

Dorothy O. Lewis and Murray A. Straus wish to propose a second additional recommendation:

There is evidence that harsh parenting practices, specifically corporal punishment, are associated with aggressive styles of adaptation. Research is needed to learn more about the relationship of different forms of corporal punishment to the development of aggressive, abusive practices. Research is also needed on the relationship of escalating corporal punishment to actual child abuse.

March 23, 1993

Suggested Citation:"B SUPPLEMENTARY VIEWS." National Research Council. 1993. Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2117.
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The tragedy of child abuse and neglect is in the forefront of public attention. Yet, without a conceptual framework, research in this area has been highly fragmented. Understanding the broad dimensions of this crisis has suffered as a result.

This new volume provides a comprehensive, integrated, child-oriented research agenda for the nation. The committee presents an overview of three major areas:

  • Definitions and scope—exploring standardized classifications, analysis of incidence and prevalence trends, and more.
  • Etiology, consequences, treatment, and prevention—analyzing relationships between cause and effect, reviewing prevention research with a unique systems approach, looking at short- and long-term consequences of abuse, and evaluating interventions.
  • Infrastructure and ethics—including a review of current research efforts, ways to strengthen human resources and research tools, and guidance on sensitive ethical and legal issues.

This volume will be useful to organizations involved in research, social service agencies, child advocacy groups, and researchers.


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