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Severe child physical abuse: A psychological research agenda

Dickens, Tara, Wood, Jane L. (2015) Severe child physical abuse: A psychological research agenda. Journal of Investigating Child Death, 1 (1). pp. 13-31. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54455)

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Severe child physical abuse is considered more prevalent than statistics indicate,

at least 1-2 children are documented to die at the hands of a parent/carer each

week in the UK. Records indicate that approximately 60% of these offenders are

male (Sidebotham, Brandon, Bailey & Belderson, 2011; Sinal et al, 2000).

Children living with unrelated males are more than 50 times more likely to die

than those who reside with both biological parents (Missouri, Schnitzer &

Ewigman, 2005). A paucity of research exists to understand the psychological

pathways of these male offenders. This article suggests a psychological agenda to

examine the pathways of these perpetrators. Discussion focuses on the value of

examining specifically the belief systems (cognitive distortions); personality traits;

impulsivity; self-esteem; empathy and attachment styles of this offender group.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 16:21 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:00 UTC
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Dickens, Tara.

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