TABLE 1

Factors and Characteristics That Place a Child at Risk for Child Maltreatment

ChildParentEnvironment (Community and Society)
Emotional/behavioral difficultiesLow self-esteemSocial isolation
Chronic illnessPoor impulse controlPoverty
Physical disabilitiesSubstance abuse/alcohol abuseUnemployment
Developmental disabilitiesYoung maternal or paternal ageLow educational achievement
Preterm birthAbused as a childSingle-parent home
UnwantedDepression or other mental illnessNon–biologically related male living in the home
UnplannedPoor knowledge of child development or unrealistic expectations for childFamily or intimate partner violence
Negative perception of normal child behavior