Antecedents of child abuse

Richard W. Olmsted, William A. Altemeier, Susan O'Connor, Peter Vietze, Howard M. Sandler, Kathryn B. Sherrod

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The qualities of parents who batter their children have been determined by interviewing known abusers. Because most studies lack controls and because family characteristics may be changed by abuse, a prospective study was instituted. Fourteen hundred low-income mothers were interviewed in a prenatal clinic, and the characteristics of 23 reported for abuse within two years were compared to the characteristics of the remaining mothers. The predominant antecedents of child abuse were: unwanted pregnancy, aggressive tendencies, and aberrant childhood nurture in which disturbed family relationships were more important than outright abuse. Abusive mothers had slightly less self-esteem. Factors which increased exposure between parents and children seemed to increase risk for abuse. In contrast to retrospective findings, abusive mothers did not differ in support available from others, age, education, isolation, family alcohol or drug problems, and expectations of child development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-829
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1982

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Olmsted, R. W., Altemeier, W. A., O'Connor, S., Vietze, P., Sandler, H. M., & Sherrod, K. B. (1982). Antecedents of child abuse. The Journal of Pediatrics, 100(5), 823-829. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(82)80604-5
Olmsted, Richard W. ; Altemeier, William A. ; O'Connor, Susan ; Vietze, Peter ; Sandler, Howard M. ; Sherrod, Kathryn B. / Antecedents of child abuse. In: The Journal of Pediatrics. 1982 ; Vol. 100, No. 5. pp. 823-829.
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Olmsted, RW, Altemeier, WA, O'Connor, S, Vietze, P, Sandler, HM & Sherrod, KB 1982, 'Antecedents of child abuse', The Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 100, no. 5, pp. 823-829. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(82)80604-5

Antecedents of child abuse. / Olmsted, Richard W.; Altemeier, William A.; O'Connor, Susan; Vietze, Peter; Sandler, Howard M.; Sherrod, Kathryn B.

In: The Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 100, No. 5, 01.01.1982, p. 823-829.

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Olmsted RW, Altemeier WA, O'Connor S, Vietze P, Sandler HM, Sherrod KB. Antecedents of child abuse. The Journal of Pediatrics. 1982 Jan 1;100(5):823-829. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(82)80604-5