Child maltreatment trends in the 1990s: why does neglect differ from sexual and physical abuse?

  title={Child maltreatment trends in the 1990s: why does neglect differ from sexual and physical abuse?},
  author={Lisa M. Jones and David Finkelhor and Stephanie Halter},
  journal={Child maltreatment},
  volume={11 2},
Substantiated cases of child maltreatment have declined more than 20% since a peak in 1993. However, although sexual abuse and physical abuse showed significant declines during the 1990s (47% and 36%, respectively), neglect fluctuated, with only a small overall decline during this period (7%). Available data suggest that at least part of the declines in sexual and physical abuse is likely to be real. Some evidence also suggests that a decline in neglect may have been masked in some states… CONTINUE READING


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