Childhood Maltreatment Rates

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There have been numerous studies that have been conducted that suggest that child maltreatment rates are disproportionately distributed amongst racial and ethnic groups. For instance, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) reveals that victimization cases were reported at a rate of 21.9% for African Americans, 21.4% for Latinos and 44.8% for Whites (USDHHS, 2011). Explanations for such racial bias in these maltreatment rates have also been found. One explanation is the differences in poverty levels. For example, child maltreatment was found to be stronger in White families than in Black families at the most severe levels of poverty (Hines et al., 2013). Another explanation is the way parent’s behaviors differ across racial
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