Monday

Mothers and Fathers as Child Abusers

Many father's supremacy campaigners tout the old phrase about women being the greatest abusers of children. Time after time, I continue to rebut this with a piece done by Liz Kates, but those father's righters just won't listen--especially when it involves Liz.

Even more recently, one father's righter commented that women get 2/3 custody and men only get 1/3 but of course that women abuse children more. I thought that he should think about if this is true, and even if the stats were that men and women abuse children EQUALLY, that with men having LESS custody, that was still in favor of MEN being the majority of child abusers.

Hmmmm.

They don't want to hear that, because the next part is that they will say that it is the mother's NEW man (non-biological father aka stepfathers and boyfriends) that abuses kids more. While this has been shown to be true, my next comment would be:
Aren't these fathers righters usually re-married, or re-partnered in some way, which would make them now STEPFATHERS and BOYFRIENDS?
WTF? Same group of people, right? Men.

I know, you don't have to believe me. But try this (emphasis mine):

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 -



Dear Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families,

Why isn't "Responsible Fatherhood" addressing this, first?