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Message ID: 8588
Date: 2010-08-27

Author:Eric Mart

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

Mark, I'm having the same reaction. The decrease can also be seen in SVP work, the best example being the differences between the detected recidivism rates on the 2003 and 2008 Static-99 norms. Granted, it is detected recidivism but it always was. Eric G. Mart, Ph.D., ABPP (Forensic) 311 Highlander Way Manchester, New Hampshire 03103 Ph. 603/626-0966 Fax 603/622-7012 www.psychology-law.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Chaffin, Mark J. (HSC) To: 'Child Maltreatment Researchers' Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:41 AM Subject: New bulletin: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008 Re: decreases in physical and sexual abuse rates. In studies using law enforcement data, I’ve observed similar declines in child sexual abuse cases involving nonfamilial and unrelated perpetrators. These cases don’t involve CPS policies, and don’t involve family pressures to retain a breadwinner during hard times. The trajectory of the decline in these separate data sets and different kinds of reports (often non-CPS cases) over the past decade and a half parallels what was seen in the CPS report data. In my career in child abuse research, I can’t recall seeing very many research findings that seem to evoke such skepticism as research suggesting that abuse rates are declining. I firmly believe that skepticism about research findings is a good thing, but I’m intrigued about why so much skepticism about this now almost two decade long finding. As a psychologist, the really interesting research question to me is becoming the reaction of our field to this finding, more than any more examination on the finding itself! I recall recently sharing this finding with a person from a rural child advocacy center (who had never heard anything about it) and she was almost in tears with distress. Mark

Mark, I'm having the same reaction. The decrease can also be seen in SVP work, the best example being the differences between the detected recidivism rates on the 2003 and 2008 Static-99 norms. Granted, it is detected recidivism but it always was. Eric G. Mart, Ph.D., ABPP (Forensic) 311 Highlander Way Manchester, New Hampshire 03103 Ph. 603/626-0966 Fax 603/622-7012 www.psychology-law.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Chaffin, Mark J. (HSC) To: 'Child Maltreatment Researchers' Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:41 AM Subject: New bulletin: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008 Re: decreases in physical and sexual abuse rates. In studies using law enforcement data, I’ve observed similar declines in child sexual abuse cases involving nonfamilial and unrelated perpetrators. These cases don’t involve CPS policies, and don’t involve family pressures to retain a breadwinner during hard times. The trajectory of the decline in these separate data sets and different kinds of reports (often non-CPS cases) over the past decade and a half parallels what was seen in the CPS report data. In my career in child abuse research, I can’t recall seeing very many research findings that seem to evoke such skepticism as research suggesting that abuse rates are declining. I firmly believe that skepticism about research findings is a good thing, but I’m intrigued about why so much skepticism about this now almost two decade long finding. As a psychologist, the really interesting research question to me is becoming the reaction of our field to this finding, more than any more examination on the finding itself! I recall recently sharing this finding with a person from a rural child advocacy center (who had never heard anything about it) and she was almost in tears with distress. Mark