This study examines if maltreaters are more likely than non-maltreaters to have histories of maltreatment, to have inappropriate expectations of their children, to be isolated from support networks, to experience great amounts of stress, and to have inabilities in handling stress appropriately. This was done by distributing questionnaires to 43 participants of Children Services of Wayne County's parenting classes. Results indicated that maltreaters are no more likely than non-maltreaters to have histories of child maltreatment, inappropriate expectations of their children, to be isolated form support networks, to experience great amounts of stress, and to handle their stress appropriately. They also found the variables history of maltreatment, expectations of children, isolation from support networks, stress, and stress handling to be insignificant predictors of maltreater status. Future research is suggested, focusing on the continuing of this study over a longer period of time in order to obtain a larger sample.
Sociology and Anthropology
Randolph, Diane, "History of Maltreatment, Expectations of Children, Social Distancing, Stress, and Stress Management as Causes of Child Maltreatment Or Unsung Song" (1995). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6298.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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