Social behavior of physically abused and neglected children: A critical review

Loren P. Conaway, David J. Hansen

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This paper reviews investigations of the social behavior of physically abused and neglected children. The magnitude of the problem of child maltreatment as well as literature addressing assumed consequences of physical abuse and neglect are presented as rationales for examining this area. Investigations that examined social behavior of physically abused and neglected children are methodologically critiqued. Categories of social behavior that have been researched include aggression, social skills and social competence, peer and family interactions, compliance, as well as other related behaviors. Methodological problems in a variety of areas are discussed, including subject selection, design, control groups and procedures, and dependent measures. Implications of the results in light of these methodological issues are discussed, and specific suggestions for future research are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-652
Number of pages26
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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