Child Abuse and Neglect of Very Young Children
This chapter examines the maltreatment of young children. Data from nine California counties were analyzed to take a closer look at the young children who were reported for maltreatment. Comparing this population to a sample of cases reported nationally showed that California's reports mirrored those throughout the nation in several important respects: about 6% of all reports were for infants (from birth to 12 months), 11% were for toddlers (aged 1-2), and about 19% were for preschoolers (aged 3-5). The estimated rate of child maltreatment is approximately 28 per 1,000 children, with neglect as the most prevalent form of maltreatment. The case characteristics of young children reported for abuse and neglect are discussed. A summary of key findings and recommendations regarding child abuse and neglect for young children is presented at the end of the chapter.
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