Parental Worries, Child Maltreatment Risk and Empowerment: How Are They Noticed in Child and Family Services?

Sari Johanna Lepistö, Noora Ellonen, Heidi Eveliina Rantanen, Maaret Kristiina Vuorenmaa, Mika Tapio Helminen, Eija Paavilainen

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Abstract

Parental empowerment has been related to their well-being and self-efficacy. Learning more about the signs describing child maltreatment risk are crucial for the welfare of children and families. The aim of this study was to assess the risk of child maltreatment (CM) and related worrying factors of parents and associations between the CM risk, worries and parental empowerment. The study is based on self-report surveys administered to parents in primary health care and hospital settings. The risk of CM and related worrying factors were measured by the Brief Child Abuse Potential Inventory (BCAP) from 453 parents. Family empowerment was measured by The Generic Family Empowerment Scale (G-FES). Parents expressed worries such as loneliness and distress (20%), feelings of persecution (9%), family conflict (17%), rigidity (21%) and financial insecurity (4%). The BCAP found 27 parents with increased risk. Parents with CM risk expressed more empowerment in connection to services for their child and family. It is crucial to discuss worries in child and family services before they raise the risk level. Tools such as the BCAP are useful in systematically identifying the child maltreatment risk and parental worries under discussion, offering possibilities for preventing child maltreatment and increasing well-being of children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number269
JournalChildren
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Child and family services
  • Child maltreatment
  • Empowerment
  • Risk
  • Worries

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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