1. what role has family structure and decreasing marriage rates played
2. what role is the increasing rates of cohabitation having?
3. what is the relationship between family structure and rates of abuse?
4. what does the research show about family structure and poverty?
5. what is the common trend/s of the past 18 months concerned child abuse deaths in NZ?
Until then, we’ll simply do what the politicians are doing – and tinker around with the problem and achieve very little.
‘Cinderella Syndrome’ linked to abuse
NZ Herald 1 Feb 2012
Parents are being warned children are 50 times more likely to be abused when unrelated adults are living in their home. Child advocacy group Child Matters says the so-called ‘Cinderella Syndrome’ has been highlighted by the charging of Matthew Ellery for the death of Ngaruawahia infant Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington. Ellery was the partner of the girl’s mother. Child Matters spokeswoman Amanda Meynell says international research shows children living in households with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries. “When you’re talking about unrelated adults being in the home, that attachment’s not so great, they don’t have the relationship, they may not have been there since birth with that child and so they pose a greater risk,” she says.