Child maltreatment and mentally retarded parents: Is there a relationship?

Author: Schilling, R.F.;Schinke, S.P.;Blythe, B.J.;Barth, R. P.
Year: 1982
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Mental Retardation
Volume: 20
Issue: 5
Pages: 201-209
Abstract: A review of the child protection and mental retardation literature suggests a relationship between parents' intelligence and maltreatment of children. Findings and deficiencies in studies of mentally retarded parents and maltreating parents are highlighted. A call is issued for further investigation of the relationship between mentally retarded parents and child maltreatment, studies on how mentally retarded parents care for children, and evaluation of approaches to helping such parents.

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