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1.  Is there a link between cot death and child abuse? 
Forty five babies delivered in Oxford obstetric units who subsequently died unexpectedly in infancy were compared with 134 controls matched for maternal age, social class, parity, and year of birth to see whether five factors identified in an earlier study as predictive of subsequent child abuse would also predict the sudden infant death syndrome. Epidemiological findings had suggested certain similarities between the two events. In contrast with babies who were abused, four of the five factors did not distinguish between babies who died suddenly and unexpectedly and their controls, but there was a slight increase in the proportion of mothers of babies who died suddenly and unexpectedly for whom nursing staff thought that support and advice on feeding the baby were needed. Factors predictive of child abuse did not predict sudden infant death in this study.
PMCID: PMC1442920  PMID: 6434082
2.  Postneonatal mortality in children from abusing families. 
British Medical Journal  1980;281(6233):102-104.
The postneonatal death rate was studied for 332 infants from 160 families, ascertained through an abused proband. There were nine deaths compared with 2.9 expected from the legitimacy, social class, age, and parity distribution (p = 0.003). All but one of the babies died at home, and all were referred to a coroner or procurator fiscal. No adequate explanation of death could be found in four cases. Bonding problems probably existed in most of the nine families before death occurred.
PMCID: PMC1713579  PMID: 7427200
3.  Myotonic dystrophy and bonding failure. 
Archives of Disease in Childhood  1979;54(10):807-808.
PMCID: PMC1545657  PMID: 507908
4.  Predicting child abuse: signs of bonding failure in the maternity hospital. 
British Medical Journal  1977;1(6061):624-626.
Fifty children referred to the Park Hospital because of actual or threatened abuse were compared with 50 controls born at the same maternity hospital. Five factors were significantly more common in the abused group than among their controls: (a) mother aged under 20 at birth of first child, (b) evidence of emotional disturbance, (c) referral of family to hospital social worker, (d) baby's admission to special care baby unit, (e) recorded concern over the mother's ability to care for child. Thirty-five of the abused group had two or more of these factors compared with only five of the control group. As these data were collected from information recorded routinely at the maternity hospital, it is possible to identify most abusing families when the child is born. Such identification must lead to a comprehensive assessment of each case followed by constructive preventive action.
PMCID: PMC1605277  PMID: 321078
5.  General practice observed. Child abuse and general practice. 
British Medical Journal  1976;2(6039):800-802.
In a general practice of 9250 patients with 1841 children under 10 there were 12 cases of actual abuse during 1973-6. In March 1976 30 children were at risk. A preventive scheme was set up and the short-term outcome was good. There were no cases of serious abuse among the children at risk.
PMCID: PMC1688626  PMID: 974619

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