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Alexander MS. Masters Abstracts International 1999; 37(05): 1292.


(Copyright © 1999)






This study sought to determine the relationship between the reporting behaviors of psychologists practicing in states where the reporting of emotional abuse is mandatory and psychologists practicing in non-mandatory reporting states. Respondents from these states were members of areas of the American Psychological Association concerned with children. Respondents completed vignettes involving identical cases of a child witness to domestic violence and provided information about their attitudes and past reporting practices regarding these situations. Results indicated no significant differences which related to either the child abuse reporting laws of the state in which the respondent practiced or the gender of the respondent with respect to reporting the vignette situation or in their attitudes reflected about child witnesses. However, respondents who had consistently reported in the past were more likely to report the vignette situation and reflect attitudes indicating a need to report these situations than respondents who had consistently not reported. At least 75% of respondents in each state said that they had experience with these situations. Of this figure, at least 73% of respondents in each state said that they had not reported at least one of these instances. Implications for research and for professionals who work with these children and their families are discussed. (Abstract Adapted from Source: Masters Abstracts International, 1999. Copyright © 1999 by Michael S. Alexander; University Microfilms International)

Children of Battered Women
Domestic Violence Effects
Domestic Violence Reporting
Mental Health Personnel Perceptions
Child Abuse Reporting
Child Emotional Abuse Effects
Child Emotional Abuse Victim
Witnessing Spouse Abuse
Witnessing Violence Effects
Spouse Abuse Effects
Domestic Violence Victim
Child Abuse Victim
Child Victim
Child Witness
Interparental Violence
Violence Against Women
Partner Violence


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