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Message ID: 8580
Date: 2010-08-25

Author:Poha Kane

Subject:Re: New bulletin: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008

With all due respect, Doctor, reporting of numbers dropped. "Reporting," is the key questionable component in making such assumptions. In my debates with child abuse naysayers they constantly use the number reported as though they were the actual numbers, which we cannot know, of course. There are indicators though that always suggest a great many more actual incidents than current reporting methods cover. One would presume that fewer cases investigated equals fewer numbers reported - as that data is a back end acquisition, not a front end one. CPS in various states have, with federal backing, developed more standard practices in reporting. This means, if I am correct in what I have observed at Hot Line desks, they reject more incoming calls for lack of ability to meet federal guidelines in reporting or substantiating. Some states have publicly release to the media that they turn down as much as 50% of calls they know they should have opened a case on but did not do so. They triaged them out. I think if we looked at only the reports that come through hospitals and emergency rooms we might see a very different story than what CPS reports. If what you suggest is true this would be one of the most remarkable bits of evidence in the field of child abuse ever uncovered, a reduction in child abuse during a time of economic stress. I can't recall it happening before. The giveaway, as far as I can determine is in that stable figure on child fatalities. How does one have that yet a drop in abuses? Confounding and paradoxical as it appears to me I'm open to explanations for it, though it is an apples compared to oranges question in some ways. . Deaths are very hard to conceal, or overlook, abuse is not. Thank you for reading, and best wishes, Donald On 8/25/10, Finkelhor, David wrote: > Recently released national child maltreatment data for 2008 continue to show > declining rates, an encouraging finding given the first year of the serious > recession began in 2007. Overall substantiated child maltreatment declined > 3% from 2007 to 2008, including a 6% decline in sexual abuse. Child > maltreatment fatalities stayed stable. > > http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV203_Updated%20Trends%20in%20Child%20Maltreatment%202008_8-6-10.pdf > > > > 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 > > > My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. > > [cid:image001.jpg@01CB443C.A0796D30] > > > > > http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ > http://www.unh.edu/frl/ > > >

With all due respect, Doctor, reporting of numbers dropped. "Reporting," is the key questionable component in making such assumptions. In my debates with child abuse naysayers they constantly use the number reported as though they were the actual numbers, which we cannot know, of course. There are indicators though that always suggest a great many more actual incidents than current reporting methods cover. One would presume that fewer cases investigated equals fewer numbers reported - as that data is a back end acquisition, not a front end one. CPS in various states have, with federal backing, developed more standard practices in reporting. This means, if I am correct in what I have observed at Hot Line desks, they reject more incoming calls for lack of ability to meet federal guidelines in reporting or substantiating. Some states have publicly release to the media that they turn down as much as 50% of calls they know they should have opened a case on but did not do so. They triaged them out. I think if we looked at only the reports that come through hospitals and emergency rooms we might see a very different story than what CPS reports. If what you suggest is true this would be one of the most remarkable bits of evidence in the field of child abuse ever uncovered, a reduction in child abuse during a time of economic stress. I can't recall it happening before. The giveaway, as far as I can determine is in that stable figure on child fatalities. How does one have that yet a drop in abuses? Confounding and paradoxical as it appears to me I'm open to explanations for it, though it is an apples compared to oranges question in some ways. . Deaths are very hard to conceal, or overlook, abuse is not. Thank you for reading, and best wishes, Donald On 8/25/10, Finkelhor, David wrote: > Recently released national child maltreatment data for 2008 continue to show > declining rates, an encouraging finding given the first year of the serious > recession began in 2007. Overall substantiated child maltreatment declined > 3% from 2007 to 2008, including a 6% decline in sexual abuse. Child > maltreatment fatalities stayed stable. > > http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV203_Updated%20Trends%20in%20Child%20Maltreatment%202008_8-6-10.pdf > > > > 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 > > > My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. > > [cid:image001.jpg01CB443C.A0796D30] > > > > > http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ > http://www.unh.edu/frl/ > > >