A statewide study of the public attitudes toward child abuse

Surjit Singh Dhooper, David D. Royse, L. C. Wolfe

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A statewide survey of adults revealed that they are well informed about some aspects of child abuse. They had a generally good intuitive understanding of the characteristics of abused children and child abusers, but a majority seemed to have a "deviance" perspective on child abuse. They considered abusers as abnormal and intractable. While three-quarters of the respondents were aware that they are obligated to report cases of child abuse to the authorities, one-fifth knew someone who had abused a child, but only a third of these actually reported the case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1991


  • Child abuse
  • Public attitudes
  • Public awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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