Age Differential and Marital Status between Partners as Risk Factors for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Having worked for several years in child protective services (CPS), I was often assigned to cases in which domestic violence played a central role and I was called to assess the potential risk to the children. Many of the cases involved relationships where the male partner was younger than the female partner, and the couple’s marital status was identified as boyfriend/girlfriend in most of those cases.

Having worked for several years in child protective services (CPS), I was often assigned to cases in which domestic violence played a central role and I was called to assess the potential risk to the children. Many of the cases involved relationships where the male partner was younger than the female partner, and the couple’s marital status was identified as boyfriend/girlfriend in most of those cases. Continue reading “Age Differential and Marital Status between Partners as Risk Factors for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse”

Pica Behaviors Among Developmentally Challenged Adults Living in Inpatient Settings

Pica, or the ingestion of inedible items, is a constant risk for some members of the developmentally disabled population. Within this population, two subsets of patients engaging in pica behaviors is evident: The severely to profoundly mentally retarded (lower functioning individuals), and the mildly to severely retarded with a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis (higher functioning individuals). This essay will present this writer’s personal observations of pica behavior during the course of 3+ years observing inpatient populations with developmental challenges. However, this writer has not employed formal research methodology to validate the hypotheses here to be offered.

Pica, or the ingestion of inedible items, is a constant risk for some members of the developmentally disabled population. Within this population, two subsets of patients engaging in pica behaviors is evident: The severely to profoundly mentally retarded (lower functioning individuals), and the mildly to severely retarded with a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis (higher functioning individuals).   This essay will present this writer’s personal observations of pica behavior during the course of 3+ years observing inpatient populations with developmental challenges. However, this writer has not employed formal research methodology to validate the hypotheses here to be offered. Continue reading “Pica Behaviors Among Developmentally Challenged Adults Living in Inpatient Settings”