Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction| Four Experiments
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Source: Office of Juvenile Justice Department of Delinquency Bulletin, Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction, Janet R. Johnston, Inger Sagatun-Edwards, Martha-Elin Blomquist, and Linda K. Girdner, March 2001.
Research Design The four discrete research projects that made up the study were designed to Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction.
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention A Message From OJJDP While State custody laws vary, thelaws of every State establish thatabducting one’s own child is a crime. OJJDP has funded four research projects on preventing family abduc-tions: a documentary study, a cri-minal sanctions study, an interviewstudy, and an intervention study. The design and findings of these research projects are described in this Bulletin. The findings provide informationregarding the risk factors associatedwith parental kidnaping and strategies that can be used to intervene with families at greatest risk. Theyaddress such critical factors as thecharacteristics of parents who abductheir own children, the role familyviolence plays in increasing the like-lihood of parental abduction, ways ofidentifying children at risk of being abducted by a parent or other family member, and steps that can be takento protect children from family abduction. Recommendations to increase pa-rental access to legal resources,develop responses to reported familyviolence, provide services to families involved in custody disputes, protect
children’s interests, and create unified family courts are also included. OJJDP believes that the information this Bulletin provides will enhance efforts to identify risk factors for pa-rental abduction and help protect children from harm.
What type of parent abducts his or her child? What role does family violence play in increasing the likelihood of abduction? Can one identify which child is at risk of being abducted by a parent or other family members? What can be done to prevent family abductions and protect the child?This Bulletin describes the multiple discrete research projects that made up the research study and highlights the findings. The authors also recommend steps that communities can take to help protect
children from family abduction.