Risk Factors in Child Maltreatment: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Literature.
Stith, Sandra M. Liu, Ting. Davies, L. Christopher. Boykin, Esther L. Alder, Meagan C.
Kansas State University.
Published: January-February 2009
Aggression and Violent Behavior
Vol. 14, No. 1 , p. 13-29
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This review presents the results of a series of meta-analyses identifying the relative strength of various risk factors for child physical abuse and neglect. Data from 155 studies examining 39 different risk factors were included in the review. Large effect sizes were found between child physical abuse and three risk factors (parent anger/hyper-reactivity, family conflict and family cohesion). Large effect sizes were also found between child neglect and five risk factors (parent-child relationship, parent perceives child as problem, parent's level of stress, parent anger/hyper-reactivity, and parent self-esteem). (Author abstract)
risk factors; physical abuse; child neglect; meta-analysis