Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Sedlak, A. J. Broadhurst, D. D.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Grantee Final Report
245 p. in various pagings
Published: September 1996
Publication Information: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS), Washington, DC
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: 800.394.3366 703.385.7565
Sponsoring Organization: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS), Washington, DC.
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The Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect Reports data from a representative sample of more than 5,600 professionals from 42 counties in the United States. The analysis examined the number of children harmed by abuse and neglect, child characteristics, family characteristics, perpetrator characteristics, report sources and CPS investigation. Significant increases were found in the number of abused and neglected children who were harmed, and at risk of harm, since the previous study in 1986. Girls were more at risk for sexual abuse, while boys experienced higher rates of emotional abuse and serious injury. At-risk families included single parents, large families, and low income populations. Children harmed by abuse or neglect were most often identified by schools. Slightly more than one-quarter (28 percent) of cases involving harm from abuse and neglect were investigated by CPS, a decrease from 44 percent in 1986. Numerous figures and charts. Document scanned.
incidence; statistics; characteristics of abuser; characteristics of abused; family characteristics