Dating child abusers
Each state has its own definitions of child abuse and neglect that are based on standards set by federal law.
Most states recognize four major types of maltreatment: neglect, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment and sexual abuse.
Perhaps one of the reasons why relates to the documented risk involved in bringing an unrelated adult male into the home.
Sometimes referred to as the “abusive boyfriend syndrome,” scholars note there is “a statistically greater potential for instability” in homes where adults and children, who have no biological connection, reside.
“Their primary interest is really the adult partner, and they may find themselves more irritated when there's a problem with the children.'' Of course, not all stepparents or “bonus parents” (male or female) struggle to bond or love the children of their new partners.“At the federal level, using the National Child Abuse and Neglect Database System (NCANDS) to capture and analyze CPS data will inform our understanding of this phenomenon.”When states submit their data, they are also afforded the opportunity to submit commentary that may provide context to the data published in the report.States’ commentaries suggest the increased usage and implementation of alternative response programs and changes to state legislation and child welfare policies and practices, may have contributed to the changes noted in the 2017 metrics. Census, the majority of the nearly 74 million children ages 18 and under live in a home with two parents, whether married or unmarried.
Most divorced adults eventually cohabitate or remarry again.
In their article “Child Abuse and Other Risks of Not Living with both Parents," published in Ethology and Sociobiology, Martin Daly and Margo Wilson note: "If their parents find new partners, children are 40 times more likely than those who live with biological parents to be sexually or physically abused." According to a Missouri-based study of children living in homes with unrelated adults, children are “nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries as children living with two biological parents.” These are worrying statistics, both disturbing and scary.