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-----Original Message-----
From: dave.mortimer@tiscali.co.uk
Sent: 23 May 2005 23:37
To: J.A.Walker@newcastle.ac.uk
Subject: Do you have any studies which explore the relationship between family structure and abuse?

Dear Janet,

Thank you very much for your reply. I wonder if you would be kind enough to tell me, if you have any research which explores the relationship between family structure and abuse?

Best regards

David Mortimer

http://www.famyouth.org.uk/publications.php

A study conducted by the Family Education Trust in Great Britain meticulously explored the relationship between particular types of family structure and abuse, accumulating clear data on family configuration in cases of abuse from 1982 to 1988 (Robert Whelan, "Broken Homes and Battered Children," Family Education Trust, Oxford). The results of this study shed light on a pattern that is highly correlated with child abuse today in both England and the United States: the absence of marriage and the presence of cohabitation. The evidence from Great Britain indicates:

The safest environment for a child - that is, the family environment with the lowest risk ratio for physical abuse - is one in which the biological parents are married and the family has always been intact.
The rate of abuse is six times higher in the second-safest environment: the blended family in which the divorced mother has remarried.
The rate of abuse is 14 times higher if the child is living with a biological mother who lives alone.
The rate of abuse is 20 times higher if the child is living with a biological father who lives alone.
The rate of abuse is 20 times higher if the child is living with biological parents who are not married but are cohabiting.
The rate of abuse is 33 times higher if the child is living with a mother who is cohabiting with another man.

----- Original Message -----
From: J.A.Walker@newcastle.ac.uk
To: dave.mortimer@tiscali.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:47 AM
Subject: Do you have any studies which explore the relationship between family structure and abuse?

Dear David,

Thanks for the email. I really don't know of any studies ... but you might try doing a google search to see if there are US studies in this field.

Best wishes,

Professor Janet Walker
Director
Newcastle Centre for Family Studies
18 Windsor Terrace
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 222 7644
Fax: +44 (0)191 222 7871
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncfs

----- Original Message -----
From: C.C.Smart@leeds.ac.uk
To: dave.mortimer@tiscali.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 9:17 AM
Subject: Do you have any studies which explore the relationship between family structure and abuse?

Dear Dave,

No, sorry, this is not an area we have studied here. Obviously there is an awful lot of research available on this topic in general, although I’m less aware of studies that have linked ‘family structure’ with abuse.

Professor Carol Smart
Director
Centre for Research on Family, Kinship & Childhood
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
C.C.Smart@leeds.ac.uk
Direct line +44 113 343 4431
Secretary +44 113 343 4874
Fax +44 113 343 4600
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/family/

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