Minors exposed to abuse or neglect by a female or male caregiver - Systematic reviews of prevalence and social service interventions

Project: ResearchInterdisciplinary research

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  • Social Sciences


  • systematic review


The purpose of this systematic review is to investigate the effect of interventions provided by social service when minors are exposed to different types of abuse or neglect by a caregiver and to examine potential differences associated with the offender’s gender. The project includes four parts: 1) a systematic review of international research literature on the prevalence of different types of abuse and neglect of minors by caregivers, separated by the offender’s gender as a foundation for the following parts, 2) systematic reviews of international research literature on the effects of interventions in social services for minors and for offenders with a focus on associations between outcome and offender’s gender, 3) group interviews with practitioners about Swedish social services’ work and interventions with the target groups with regard to offender’s gender, and 4) a description of ethical and social aspects of the findings. The systematic review will follow established methods: the SBU handbook for assessment of methods in health care and The systematic reviews will follow the SBU handbook for assessment of methods in health care (SBU, 2018) and Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) - So far, there are only few systematic reviews about child abuse and neglect in a Swedish context. Our focus on offender’s gender is new. We hypothesize that interventions provided by social service for offenders or minors as well as the effect of these interventions may differ related to whether the offender is female or male. - The senior researchers in this project have extensive experience in the conduction of systematic reviews or research on child abuse and neglect with a focus on both victims and perpetrators. The researchers will collaborate with a reference group of practitioners from social welfare offices during the entire project period.
Effective start/end date2019/12/012020/11/30

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