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Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction (NCJ 185026) March 2001
12 page(s)
Johnston, J.R., Sagatun-Edwards, I., Blomquist, M., Girdner L.K.
Presents the design and findings of four OJJDP-funded projects on preventing family abductions: a documentary study, a criminal sanctions study, an interview study, and an intervention study. The findings provide information regarding the risk factors associated with parental kidnaping and strategies that can be used to intervene with at-risk families. This OJJDP Bulletin addresses such critical factors as the characteristics of parents who abduct their own children, the role family violence plays in increasing the likelihood of parental abduction, ways of identifying children at risk of being abducted by a parent or other family member, and steps that can be taken to protect children from family abduction.