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Personal bias

In 2009, approximately 1,770 child fatalities in the United States were the result of child abuse and neglect (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2011).

When considering this statistic, you may assume that most cases of child abuse and neglect are committed by males. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, approximately 58% of perpetrators in child abuse and neglect cases are women, 42% are men (HHS, 2006). As a future professional in the field of psychology, personal biases may influence your assessment or diagnosis of abuse. It is important to understand how biases and assumptions might influence your ability to provide an accurate diagnosis, especially in cases of abuse and neglect.

This week, you examine personal biases and how they may influence your ability to make an accurate assessment and diagnosis of abuse and neglect in clients. You also examine ways to address your personal bias. Additionally, you complete your Final Project, an assessment on a fictional client.

Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). Child abuse and neglect fatalities 2009: Statistics and interventions. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.. Retrieved from

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Bias in assessment and diagnosis of abuse and neglect in clients

1. Personal Bias could be your own unresolved issues in regards to abuse. For instance, a professor becomes overly vigilant in this area of abuse and neglect in children because as a child, he saw his sibling and knew of some classmates who were abused and neglected. As a child, he did not speak out against these cases of ...

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Personal biases in assessment and diagnosis of child abuse and neglect