Cognitive Appraisal of Child Abuse Among Israeli Inmates: Does Sex Make a Difference?

Gila Chen, Keren Gueta

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Sex differences in child abuse and neglect (CAN) have long interested researchers due to their adverse impact. Cognitive appraisal of CAN may also affect the negative consequences. The purpose of this study was to assess sex differences in (a) the experience and (b) the cognitive appraisal of CAN among 247 Israeli inmates. The findings indicated that female inmates experienced higher rates of total CAN than male inmates. No significant sex differences were found in physical abuse, emotional neglect, or cognitive appraisal of CAN. However, there were significant sex differences in ranking the significance of different dimensions of cognitive appraisal of CAN. Paternal partner violence was a predictor of CAN and its cognitive appraisal for both sexes; maternal partner violence was a predictor of both among female inmates only. Even when male and female inmates share similar family risk factors, their effects may differ by sex. Possible clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2050-2068
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2019

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  • child abuse
  • cognitive appraisal
  • inmates
  • parental partner violence
  • sex


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