Child Abuse and Adult Behavior Child abuse, and its possible effects on the relationship that the children, now adults, form with their own children. Doyin Natiya Adeoba Saint Leo University .
My experiment will consist of 347 families with a child age 3 through 17 at home. Child abuse information will be obtained from a randomly selected child in each family. Child abuse will be defined as an attack by a parent involving punching, kicking, biting, hitting with an object, "beating up", or using a knife or gun. Cases will be followed up to determine the extent of adult criminal behavior, violent criminal behavior and child abuse in victims as adults (age 18 - 32 years). .
Each year in the USA there are approximately one million reports of child maltreatment, about 25% relate to physical abuse and about 1000 children die of maltreatment each year (US Department of Health and Human Services 1999). During the past few decades, researchers have aimed at detecting the children, who are at high risk of becoming victims of abuse, so that appropriate interventions can be undertaken. The risk factors that have been emphasized include characteristics of the child, family, and social environment, and the relationship. One of the risk factors that have been widely studied is the parents" upbringing, specifically whether he or she was abused as a child. This risk factor is often referred to as intergenerational transmission of child abuse. Soon after Kempe introduced the "Battered Child Syndrome" a number of reports began to appear which suggested that abusive parents were themselves abused as children (Curtis 1963; Galdston 1965; Wasserman 1973). Since this concept was presented there has been a considerable amount of research done on the subject. Steele (1983) declared that " with few exceptions, parents or other caretakers who maltreat babies were themselves neglected (with or without physical abuse) in their own earliest years"(p.