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Why Have Child Maltreatment and Child Victimization Declined?

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dc.creator Finkelhor, D., & Jones, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-19T16:27:07Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-19T16:27:07Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/847
dc.identifier.uri http://home.nationalcac.org/docs/finkelhor/F06-Why-JSI.pdf
dc.description Various forms of child maltreatment and child victimization declined as much as 40 70% from 1993 until 2004, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, and larceny. Other child welfare indicators also improved during the same period, including teen pregnancy, teen suicide, and children living in poverty. This article reviews a wide variety of possible explanations for these changes: demography, fertility and abortion legalization, economic prosperity, increased incarceration of offenders, increased agents of social intervention, changing social norms and practices, the dissipation of the social changes from the 1960s, and psychiatric pharmacology. Multiple factors probably contributed. In particular, economic prosperity, increasing agents of social intervention, and psychiatric pharmacology have advantages over some of the other explanations in accounting for the breadth and timing of the improvements.
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dc.subject Statistics
dc.subject Research
dc.subject Child maltreatment
dc.title Why Have Child Maltreatment and Child Victimization Declined?
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