Measuring Informal Social Control in Child Maltreatment: From “Whether” to “How,” from One-Off to Sustained, from Individual to Community

Clifton R. Emery, Alhassan Abdullah

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Abstract

This chapter examines the rationale for the development of the informal social control of child maltreatment scale. It examines the strengths of the scale vis a vis the collective efficacy approach and points to limitations that require improvement. It argues that measurement of informal social control of maltreatment must be shifted into three dimensions: from whether informal social control occurs to how, from a single act to sustained intervention, and from a single individual or family to an entire community. The chapter concludes with a critique of the field’s neglect of the theoretical underpinning of the logic of informal social control and suggests remedies that can improve the theoretical coherence of the construct and fit with empirical findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeighborhoods, Communities and Child Maltreatment
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Perspective
EditorsKathryn Maguire-Jack, Carmit Katz
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer-Nature
Chapter7
Pages101-116
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030930967
ISBN (Print)9783030930950
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameChild Maltreatment: Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy
Volume15
ISSN (Print)2211-9701
ISSN (Electronic)2211-971X

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment scale
  • innovative approaches to preventing child maltreatment
  • neighborhood interventions
  • structural characteristics of child maltreatment

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