Distinguishing Maltreating Versus Nonmaltreating At-Risk Families: Implications for Foster Care and Early Childhood Education Interventions
by Stephanie M. Curenton, Lenore M. McWey, and Melissa G. Bolen (April 2009)
This study used a discriminant function analysis to distinguish 92 maltreating versus nonmaltreating families on indicators of socioeconomic status (SES) and parenting stress. While families were similar in terms of SES, only maltreating families had clinical levels of parenting stress. The paper concludes with implications for family therapy and early childhood education interventions. This article appeared in Families in Society, Volume 90, Issue 2.