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FAM7.B Child maltreatment: Percentage of substantiated maltreatment of children ages 0–17 by maltreatment type and age, 2016

excel icon FAM7B Excel Table

Characteristic Physical abuse Neglect Medical neglect Sexual abuse Psychological abuse Other abuse Unknown
Overall 18.2 74.8 2.1 8.5 5.6 6.9 0.0
Ages 0–3 17.2 81.3 2.4 1.3 4.2 7.4 0.0
Age < 1 20.9 78.6 3.0 0.4 2.9 6.9 0.0
Ages 1–3 14.5 83.3 1.9 1.9 5.0 7.8 0.0
Ages 4–7 17.4 76.6 1.7 7.3 6.0 7.1 0.0
Ages 8–11 18.1 72.8 1.7 10.6 7.0 6.8 0.0
Ages 12–15 20.2 65.0 2.4 19.3 6.6 6.0 0.0
Ages 16–17 21.3 63.9 2.6 19.7 6.1 5.9 0.0
Unknown or missing 31.0 61.5 1.1 9.9 3.4 7.1 0.0
NOTE: Based on data from 50 states, and the District of Columbia; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico did not submit data for the FFY 2016 reporting year. The data in this table are rates of victimization based on the number of investigations and assessments by Child Protective Services that found the child to be a victim of one or more types of maltreatment. This is a duplicated count of maltreatments, based on a unique count of victims. This is a change from years prior to the America's Children 2017 edition when a child was counted each time the child was determined to be a victim. Rows total to more than 100 percent because a single child may be the victim of multiple kinds of maltreatment. Substantiated maltreatment includes the dispositions of substantiated or indicated. This is a change from years prior to the America's Children 2017 edition when substantiated maltreatment included dispositions of substantiated, indicated, and alternative response victim. States vary in their definition of abuse and neglect. The category of unknown includes unborn, missing data, and children older than age 17. Additional technical notes are available in the annual reports entitled Child Maltreatment. These reports are available on the Internet at "The [Tennessee state] Agency has added several new maltreatment values during FFY2016.  Because an intake includes both investigation and assessment activities, in FFY2015 any maltreatment with a disposition greater than 4 was reported as an assessment.  Starting in FFY2016, dispositions of 3 and 4 are reported as an assessment, all other dispositions are reported as an investigation (CF - Value Distribution). Beginning with FFY2016, the allegations of 'Drug Exposed Child' and 'Drug Exposed Infant' are mapped to the NCANDS maltreatment type of 'physical abuse'.  Previously, these 2 allegations were mapped to 'neglect'."
SOURCE: Administration for Children and Families, National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.