Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
This study of Child Abuse and Neglect: Testing in the "Cycle of Violence" Theory, is a demonstration of Applied Social Research in partial fulfillment of a master's degree in Sociology. It examines the Cycle of Violence theory by looking at two groups of children: an abuse/neglect group and a control group. It tests the likelihood of the abuse/neglect group to commit a crime in adulthood i.e., property crime, person crime, or public morality; while controlling for race, sex and type of abuse. Also, the odds of gender and race of the children in the abuse/neglect group, becoming a criminal offender are examined. The findings from this study indicate a child who has been abused/neglected has a higher likelihood of committing a criminal act in adulthood.
Cox, Melanie A., "Child abuse and crime: Testing in the "Cycle of Violence" theory" (2005). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 4143.