Women and children at risk: a feminist perspective on child abuse.
ABSTRACT Viewing child abuse through the prism of woman battering reveals that both problems originate in conflicts over gender identity and male authority. Data indicate that men, not women, typically commit serious child abuse. A study of the mothers of child abuse victims shows that battering is the most common context for child abuse, that the battering male is the typical child abuser, that the battered mothers have no distinctive pathology in their backgrounds, and that clinicians respond punitively to the battered mothers. The child abuse establishment assigns responsibility for abuse to mothers regardless of who assaults the child, and responds punitively to women, withholding vital resources and often removing the child to foster care, if women are battered or otherwise fail to meet expectations of "good mothering." The combination of male control, misleading psychological knowledge about women's propensity for "bonding," and sanctions used to enforce gender stereotypes of motherhood combine to increase the entrapment and inequality from which battering and child abuse originate, a process termed "patriarchal mothering." The best way to prevent child abuse is through "female empowerment."
- SourceAvailable from: Sonia M FriasRetratos de la Violencia contra las Mujeres en México. Análisis de Resultados de la Encuesta Nacional sobre la Dinámica de las Relaciones en los Hogares 2011, Edited by Irene Casique, Roberto Castro, 11/2012: chapter Violencia contra las Mujeres en el Ámbito Educativo, Laboral y Social: pages 248-286;
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ABSTRACT: Looking at families where children have been abused/neglected in early childhood, this study examined measures of child behavior and health to see if they tended to be worse when domestic violence is or has been present in a family. Further, caregiver and family characteristics as well as other case factors were examined, as possible moderators or mediators of the effects of domestic violence. Results indicate that domestic violence, of the type and severity occurring in our sample, does not have a direct effect on child outcomes by Age 6, when other associated variables are taken into account, but has considerable indirect effects. There is a pronounced impact of domestic violence on family functioning, the caregiver's general health and well being, and the quality of the caregiver's interaction with the child, which in turn are significantly associated with decrements of child functioning related to behavior problems and health. Some implications of this study for research in the area of domestic violence and child maltreatment are discussed.Journal of Family Violence 01/2003; 18(1). · 1.17 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Objetivo: determinar la prevalencia de la violencia intrafamiliar en mujeres derechohabientes mayores de 18 años del HGZMF No. 1 Colima.Gaceta medica de Mexico 10/2004; 140(5):481-484. · 0.19 Impact Factor