Do Mothers Commit More Abuse Than Fathers?

Dear Reader,

I could just give you a link and go about my day, but I am so upset that people do not use critical thinking anymore--they just accept information at face value.

Fathers' groups will tell you immediately that mothers/women commit more abuse (I assume you are referring to child abuse). It is one of their biggest "come back" phrases.

Consider these questions

1. What gender still remains primary caretakers of children in the home?
2. What gender remains the caretakers of children outside of the home (professional world)?
3. When there is a man/father present in the home, who is more likely to spend more time taking care of the children?
4. From a biological standpoint, who is more connected to children?

Let's say that 2/3 of women get custody of their children, which leaves 1/3 of men with custody.

What if I told you that often times women are charged with child abuse/neglect when it is in fact their male partner/father/babydaddy who perpetrated the child abuse. This is especially true when the mother is UNmarried to said partner.

Okay, so at a face value, it appears that women/mothers commit more child abuse--by mere association with children at greater numbers than men.

Think about the proportions. Proportions. Proportions.

The Role of Fathers in Risk for Physical Child Abuse and Neglect:Possible Pathways and Unanswered Questions

Neil B.Guterman
Yookyong Lee

Consideration of the role that fathers play in the risk for future physical abuse and neglect is long overdue. A growing body of evidence has pointed out that fathers, as well as father figures, are highly represented as perpetrators of physical child abuse, particularly in its most severe forms (e.g., Brewster et al., 1998; Krugman, 1985; Margolin, 1992). For example, Sinal et al.'s (2000) review of inflicted closed-head injury (shaken baby syndrome) cases in North Carolina reported that 44% were perpetrated by fathers and 20% were perpetrated by mothers' boyfriends, in contrast to 7% perpetrated by mothers. Similarly, a review of child-maltreatment-related fatalities in the state of Missouri reported that while 21% of identified perpetrators were biological mothers, 23% were biological fathers, and 44% were unrelated males in the household (Stiffman, Schnitzer, Adam, Kruse, & Ewigman, 2002). Given that fathers provide on the whole, substantially less direct child care than mothers (Margolin, 1992; Yeung, Sandberg, Davis-Kean, & Hofferth, 2001), these proportions of fathers and possible father surrogates as perpetrators of sever child abuse appear as rather startling.

The Role of Fathers in Risk for Physical Child Abuse and Neglect:Possible Pathways and Unanswered Questions -

Now read this excellent explanation and summary in Male vs Female: who is more likely to perpetrate child abuse.

Keep in mind, that sexual abuse is never counted in these stats--which is very suspicious, indeed.

Thanks for reading.