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Child Abuse Potential in Young German Parents: Predictors, Associations with Self‑reported Maltreatment and Intervention Use

  • Since child maltreatment has highly negative effects on child adjustment, early identification of at-risk families is important. This study focuses on longitudinal risk factors for child maltreatment and associations between abuse risk and occurrence. It also examines whether abuse risk and involvement in early childhood intervention are associated. The sample comprises 197 German caregivers with children under 3 years of age. Data was collected in two waves. The Brief Child Abuse Potential Inventory assessed abuse risk. Socio-demographic, parent, child and family-related risk factors were measured using screening tools. The analysis revealed that parental characteristics (psychopathology, own maltreatment experiences etc.) were associated with concurrent abuse risk. Longitudinal changes in abuse risk were linked to caregiver education and child-related factors. Cumulative risk did not explain more variance than specific risk factors. Significant associations with caregiverreported abuse were found, and data suggest that some burdened families cannot be reached by early childhood intervention.

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Author:Katrin Lang, Christoph Liel, Ulrike Lux, Heinz Kindler, Marc Vierhaus, Andreas EickhorstGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-021-01157-y
Parent Title (English):Child Psychiatry & Human Development
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2021
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2021/04/06
Tag:Child abuse potential; Early childhood; Early childhood intervention; Parental risk factors; Parenting stress
GND Keyword:Kindesmisshandlung; Risikofaktor; Eltern; Stress; Kind <1-3 Jahre>
Link to catalogue:1776199502
Institutes:Fakultät V - Diakonie, Gesundheit und Soziales
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International