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David Finkelhor

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Chapter 19: The Main Problem Is Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect

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The Main Problem Is Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect
The main problem is underreporting child abuse and neglect
DavidFinkelhor

No, child abuse is not overreported. The evidence suggests that large numbers of seriously abused and neglected children are still not coming to the attention of child protective authorities. To remedy this, professionals and members of the public need to be sensitized to recognize and report child abuse. If, in concert with these increased reports, child protective authorities improve their triage and investigatory skills and expand their treatment services, we may get closer to identifying and helping all the children at risk.

When the mandatory reporting system was first established in the United States in the 1970s, few people fully envisioned the results. In 1976, an estimated 669,000 cases ...

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