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Martin, Michael J.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Human and Family Resources


Child abuse--Psychological aspects


The purpose of this study is to compare characteristics of children who are physically abused severely enough to require hospitalization, with those children who are physically abused, but not severely enough to require hospitalization. It is also the purpose of this study to compare characteristics of the alleged perpetrator of hospitalized and nonhospitalized abused children. The variables to be analyzed include: age of child; sex of child; total number of children in family; age of alleged perpetrator; sex of alleged perpetrator; and relationship of child to alleged perpetrator. The subjects for this study were obtained by the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in Kansas. Information was provided through access to the CY2880 form which identifies various characteristics of the abused child, the alleged perpetrator and their relationship to each other. The results of this study show that there is a significant relationship between the age of the child and whether or not that child was hospitalized. According to the present study, children under the age of three are most likely to be hospitalized as a result of abuse. All other variables measured in the present study were not found to be significantly related to whether or not the children were hospitalized.


Bibliography: pages [22]-27.


30 pages




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