Evaluation of the New York City Home Rebuilders Demonstration. 3.2.2 Experience of Respondents with Maltreatment

09/14/1998

It is often thought that child maltreatment is an intergenerational phenomenon, that parents who were abused as children are more likely to abuse their own children. Respondents were asked whether they were abused or neglected as children (Table 3-15). Fourteen percent said they had been abused, including 29 percent of birth parents, 10 percent of relatives, and 6 percent of nonrelatives. Eleven percent had been neglected, including 23 percent of birth parents, 10 percent of relatives, and 4 percent of nonrelatives. Six percent (26) had been in foster homes or institutions, including 18 birth parents, 3 relatives, and 5 nonrelatives. Evidently, birth parent respondents were more likely to have been maltreated.

Table 3-15.  Experience of caretakers with maltreatment and foster care (Percents)

  Care Types
  Birth Parents Relatives Non-Relative Total
Abused 27 10 6 14
Not abused 71 90 94 86
Total % 100% 100% 100% 100%
Neglected 23 10 4 11
Not neglected 77 90 96 89
Total % 100% 100% 100% 100%
In foster home 14 3 4 6
Not in foster home or institution 86 97 96 94
Total % 100% 100% 100% 100%
Total N (132) (113) (188) (433)

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