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)

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Abstract

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: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 16:21 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54455 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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