A four-year follow-up study of help provided by the Social services for physically abused children
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Even though the number of child physical abuse cases reported to the police has been increasing, little research has been performed to investigate whether interventions directed towards physically abused children are working or not. This paper examines contacts that physically abused children have with the social services 4 years after the physical abuse incidents were reported to the police. This is done in an effort to investigate the characteristics of child and parent that determine whether or not abused children are still receiving help from the social services 4 years after the abuse incidents. All physically abused children whose perpetrators had been reported to a Swedish police district between 1986-1996, were followed through the files (n = 113) of the social services. Four years later 69 children were still receiving interventions from the department. Intervention by the social services prior to a reported abuse incident increased the odds 18.7 times that a child would still receive interventions 4 years after the incident, and the presence of a mentally ill mother increased the odds 11.8 times.
social services, child physical abuse, child and parent characteristic, interventions, follow-up
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63718OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63718DiVA: diva2:382427