How family structure affects the likelihood of child abuse
Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2018 / 12:20 am (CNA).- Amid a renewed public conversation about what can be done to keep children safe from abuse, studies show that unstable family structure is a major risk factor for abuse.
When looking at overall trends in child abuse, Dr. W Bradford Wilcox, director of the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project, told CNA that studies show children who come from unstable homes with unmarried parents are most likely to be abused, especially by someone close to them.
“Family drama and family chaos are breeding grounds for abuse,” Wilcox told CNA. “Kids who are exposed