- Subject index
Experts in both child physical and sexual abuse are brought together in this volume, which focuses on both child and adult survivors. Contributors explore innovative treatment and prevention approaches, such as school and community violence prevention programmes, and preparation of children who have to testify in court.
Chapter 2: Child Physical Abuse: Review of Offender Characteristics
Child Physical Abuse: Review of Offender Characteristics
This chapter provides an overview of child physical abuse offender characteristics as described in controlled studies published in the literature. Although not reviewed here, evidence suggests that factors beyond the individual are associated with child physical abuse. Therefore, to be properly understood, the description of offender characteristics should be considered one part of a broader perspective that includes familial and societal factors. For example, a classic organizational model of child abuse described by Belsky (1980, 1993) suggests that factors from four ecological levels contribute to child physical abuse: ontogenic level (individual factors), microsystem level [Page 28](family factors), exosystem level (community factors), and macrosystem level (cultural factors). Offender characteristics, which represent factors ...