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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fledderjohann, J. and Johnson, D. R. (2012), What Predicts the Actions Taken Toward Observed Child Neglect? The Influence of Community Context and Bystander Characteristics. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 1030–1052. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00859.x which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1540-6237.2012.00859.x/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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What predicts the actions taken toward observed child neglect?: the influence of community context and bystander characteristics

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Social Science Quarterly
Issue number4
Volume93
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)1030-1052
Publication statusPublished
Early online date5/04/12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Objective: Using data from a sample of 3,679 respondents in 50 rural and urban communities in a midwestern state, the authors explore the relationship between individual and community characteristics and the provision of helping behavior when child neglect is observed. Method: Telephone surveys of community residents were analyzed in a series of logistic regression models. Results: At the individual level, age, gender, place of residence, and sentinel status were all found to have a significant effect. The level of role overlap, cohesion, comfort, and belongingness perceived to exist in the community were found to be important community-level predictors. Conclusion: Individual and contextual characteristics affected observation of a case of child neglect and the action taken.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fledderjohann, J. and Johnson, D. R. (2012), What Predicts the Actions Taken Toward Observed Child Neglect? The Influence of Community Context and Bystander Characteristics. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 1030–1052. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00859.x which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1540-6237.2012.00859.x/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.