Attempted Non-Family Abductions

Finkelhor, David; Hotaling, Gerald; Asdigian, Nancy
September 1995
Child Welfare;Sep/Oct95, Vol. 74 Issue 5, p941
Academic Journal
The article discusses the findings of a study on attempted non-family child abductions in the U.S. According to an estimate, each year more than 100,000 children there experience an attempted abduction by people other than family members. The victim children are mostly from the age group of four to 11. The authors examined several such cases and tried to identify child and family characteristics. They did so to determine risk factors for such incidents. The article also provides statistics on victim children's age and sex and information about the kidnapping methods. While analyzing the risk factors, the authors elaborate on demographic characteristics, family interaction patterns and parent-child relations.


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