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Message ID: 8380
Date: 2010-02-05

Author:Finkelhor, David

Subject:RE: NIS-4

The question about whether and why child maltreatment got worse 1986-93 is a good one. First, there was not the same convergence between population surveys and the NIS and NCANDS trends that we saw in the later 1990s and early 2000s. Some indicators like usage of corporal punishment actually declined in the 1980s. But if CM did worsen, it may have been from some of the same factors that resulted in crime increases, like the crack cocaine epidemic and gang activity that made life miserable and compromised parenting in a lot of low-income communities. David Finkelhor Crimes against Children Research Center Family Research Laboratory Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824 Tel 603 862-2761* Fax 603 862-1122 email: david.finkelhor@unh.edu SAVE THE DATE International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference July 11th - 13th 2010 - Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth NH Submit your Abstract at www.unh.edu/frl/conferences Abstract Submission Deadline February 27th 2010 E-mail: frl.conference@unh.edu My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ http://www.unh.edu/frl/ From: bounce-5162053-6832158@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-5162053-6832158@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John Eckenrode Sent: 2010-02-04 19:44 To: Finkelhor, David Subject: NIS-4 The declines in some abuse categories from NIS-3 to NIS-4 are encouraging. But I would argue for more work around the increase in emotional abuse and the neglect findings as well. I would also suggest extending the comparison back in time a bit to NIS-2. See Table 3-1 of the NIS-4 report. In NIS-2 there were 508,000 children abused under the harm standard (vs. 553,000 in NIS-4) - actually because of population growth the rates declined from NIS-2 to NIS-4 from 8.1 to 7.5 - a modest non-significant 7.5% decline (compared to the rate of 11.1 in NIS-3). One message is that compared to the mid-90's things has gotten a better in some abuse categories. Another way to frame this is to say that the picture now looks more like the late 80's. So what was so unusual about what was happening in the mid-1990's?. It is an era where even more attention should be paid as to what went wrong for kids then.

The question about whether and why child maltreatment got worse 1986-93 is a good one. First, there was not the same convergence between population surveys and the NIS and NCANDS trends that we saw in the later 1990s and early 2000s. Some indicators like usage of corporal punishment actually declined in the 1980s. But if CM did worsen, it may have been from some of the same factors that resulted in crime increases, like the crack cocaine epidemic and gang activity that made life miserable and compromised parenting in a lot of low-income communities. David Finkelhor Crimes against Children Research Center Family Research Laboratory Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824 Tel 603 862-2761* Fax 603 862-1122 email: david.finkelhorunh.edu SAVE THE DATE International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference July 11th - 13th 2010 - Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth NH Submit your Abstract at www.unh.edu/frl/conferences Abstract Submission Deadline February 27th 2010 E-mail: frl.conferenceunh.edu My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ http://www.unh.edu/frl/ From: bounce-5162053-6832158list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-5162053-6832158list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John Eckenrode Sent: 2010-02-04 19:44 To: Finkelhor, David Subject: NIS-4 The declines in some abuse categories from NIS-3 to NIS-4 are encouraging. But I would argue for more work around the increase in emotional abuse and the neglect findings as well. I would also suggest extending the comparison back in time a bit to NIS-2. See Table 3-1 of the NIS-4 report. In NIS-2 there were 508,000 children abused under the harm standard (vs. 553,000 in NIS-4) - actually because of population growth the rates declined from NIS-2 to NIS-4 from 8.1 to 7.5 - a modest non-significant 7.5% decline (compared to the rate of 11.1 in NIS-3). One message is that compared to the mid-90's things has gotten a better in some abuse categories. Another way to frame this is to say that the picture now looks more like the late 80's. So what was so unusual about what was happening in the mid-1990's?. It is an era where even more attention should be paid as to what went wrong for kids then.