Gender inequity associated with increased child physical abuse and neglect: a cross-country analysis of population-based surveys and country-level statistics.

Summary: Examines the relationship between gender inequity and child maltreatment, using caregivers’ reported use of severe physical punishment (physical abuse) and children under 5 left alone or under the care of another child less than 10 years old (supervisory neglect) and 3 indices of gender inequity from 57 countries, over half of which were developing countries. Finds three gender inequity indices to be significantly associated with physical abuse and 2 of the 3 to be significantly associated with neglect.

Authors: Joanne Klevens and Katie A. Ports
Journal: Journal of family violence (Vol.32, No.8), November 2017, pp 799-806