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Suspected non-accidental injury to children — A comparative study

  • Imelda McCarthy
  • Paul E. McQuaid
Article

Summary

A retrospective view of Child Guidance Clinic referrals from a working class area distinguished ‘battered families’ with referred non-accidentally injured children from other families. Marital and social instability, history of maternal psychiatric treatment, paternal unemployment, criminal and prison records and a high rate of general mobility were distinguishing features of the families of injured children. The study suggests strongly that non-accidental injury to children is quite common in Ireland, that serious injuries occur but that fatalities are suprisingly infrequent. Furthermore, national epidemiological research is required.

Keywords

Child Abuse Index Group Language Disorder Wife Beating Index Comparison 
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© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Imelda McCarthy
    • 1
  • Paul E. McQuaid
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Child and Family PsychiatryMater Misericordiae HospitalDublin 7

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