Aims:
  • The Child Maltreatment and Wellbeing Project seeks to understand the neighbourhood context of child abuse and neglect incidence, definitions, and reporting behaviours, and asks:
  • Does a collective willingness to intervene (collective efficacy) lead to residents being willing to take action in the interests of the wellbeing of children?
  • In communities with concentrated levels of disadvantage (indicative of higher levels of child abuse incidence), does community cohesion and collective efficacy lead to attitudes of responsibility towards children, or does cohesion foster attitudes towar
  • Are the reasons behind willingness to intervene in cases of child abuse and neglect the same as those behind a willingness to report on public crimes that contribute to neighbourhood disorder?

Child Maltreatment and Wellbeing

Child Maltreatment: Neighbourhood Collective Efficacy and Intervening in Suspected Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The neighbourhood context of informal social control on violent crime is well established. However, there is limited exploration of the neighbourhood context in relation to other problem behaviours, such as family violence and child abuse and neglect, where concerning behaviours are often considered a private matter as opposed to a collective community matter.

In 2010, an Australian survey revealed that the majority of survey respondents do not feel comfortable reporting suspect signs of child abuse and neglect to police or other appropriate authorities. Little is known about the social context of child abuse monitoring and reporting, particularly where the role of the neighbourhood and neighbourhood conditions influence the monitoring of children.

This project contribute to a longer term research agenda that investigates the dynamic role of social structures and collective neighbourhood processes in explaining the spatial and temporal variation in family related violence in Australia.

Project Value: 
$11 935.00
Funding: 
NSRG
Date: 
2012 to 2013
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Dr Suzanna Ramirez (s.ramirez@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • The Child Maltreatment and Wellbeing Project seeks to understand the neighbourhood context of child abuse and neglect incidence, definitions, and reporting behaviours, and asks:
  • Does a collective willingness to intervene (collective efficacy) lead to residents being willing to take action in the interests of the wellbeing of children?
  • In communities with concentrated levels of disadvantage (indicative of higher levels of child abuse incidence), does community cohesion and collective efficacy lead to attitudes of responsibility towards children, or does cohesion foster attitudes towar
  • Are the reasons behind willingness to intervene in cases of child abuse and neglect the same as those behind a willingness to report on public crimes that contribute to neighbourhood disorder?
Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Quantitative
Qualitative
Keywords: 
Resilience
Community
Wellbeing
Disadvantage
Families
Number: 
ISSR030347