Child Abuse Least Common in Intact Families


A new study by the US government has found that children are safest from abuse when they are living with their married parents.


The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect revealed, in sharp contrast, that the highest rates of child abuse occurred in households where a single parent was living with a partner who was not the child’s parent.


Children living in such households were ten times as likely to experience abuse, and eight times as likely to be neglected, as children living with both of their own parents.


The findings counter the assertion—commonplace but inaccurate—that most child abuse occurs within families.

CWN. August 26.

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