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Causes Of Child Abuse And Neglect

John E. B. Myers

in Child Protection in America

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195169355
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169355.003.0006
Causes Of Child Abuse And Neglect

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Drawing on the work of leading scholars, this chapter discusses the causes of abuse and neglect. It asks, “Is child abuse in our genes? Is maltreatment an immutable part of human nature?” The chapter discusses intergenerational transmission of maltreatment and asks how to break the cycle. Poverty and substance abuse are major contributors to neglect and abuse, and the chapter grapples with this unpleasant reality. The role of the following issues in abuse and neglect are addressed: corporal punishment and its relationship to child abuse, sexual deviance, domestic violence, mental illness, and deliberate, that is, intentional abuse of children. The chapter ends with analysis of major roadblocks to reducing child abuse and neglect.

Keywords: transmission of maltreatment; poverty; domestic violence; corporal punishment; reducing child maltreatment

Chapter.  9445 words.  Illustrated.

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