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Child Abuse Negl. 1993 May-Jun;17(3):337-44.

Reporting of child maltreatment: a secondary analysis of the National Incidence Surveys.

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455.


Reports to CPS agencies of child maltreatment cases come from a variety of community sources. Which kinds of cases are underreported, overreported, or not reported at all, and why? We address these questions by examining the discrepancies between cases known to CPS agencies and those known to professionals who regularly come into contact with children: teachers, hospital personnel, law enforcement officers, court personnel, and social service workers. The analysis is based on the 1980 and 1986 National Study of the Incidence and Prevalence of Child Abuse and Neglect. Our research yielded three major findings. First, older victims were less likely than younger victims to be known to CPS agencies. Second, there is a hierarchy of type of abuse reported to CPS agencies, with sexual abuse being at the top of the list and educational neglect at the bottom of the list. Third, the victims' race, sex, and income did not play a role in whether or not a case was reported to CPS agencies.

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