Does culture matter? The Characteristics of Adolescent Physical Abuse Cases Investigated by Montreal’s English Youth Protection Services
Référence bibliographique 
Garland, Leigh. 2009. «Does culture matter? The Characteristics of Adolescent Physical Abuse Cases Investigated by Montreal’s English Youth Protection Services». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université McGill, École de service social.
Intentions : « Il y a eut maints débats, tant au sein de discussions sociales qu’en recherche, visant à évaluer une potentielle plus grande tolérance pour la discipline physique parmi certains groupe ethnoculturels. Cette étude descriptive a pour but d’examiner les caractéristiques de 72 cas d’abus rapporté au service de protection jeunesse anglais de Montréal sur une période de deux ans. » (p. iii)
Questions/Hypothèses : « Four research questions were addressed in this study: 1. What are the characteristics of families evaluated for adolescent physical abuse? 2. What was the nature of the interventions and services that these families received? 3. What were the short-term outcomes for these adolescents (any physical or emotional traumas, placement, any recidivism of maltreatment)? 4. Were there any differences in the nature of maltreatment and the outcomes based on ethnicity? » (p. 25)
Échantillon/Matériau : 72 cas d’abus rapportés à la Protection de la jeunesse du côté anglais
Type de traitement des données : Analyse statistique
« The findings in this study suggest the need for further research on the ethno-cultural profile of clients serviced by youth protection services due to physical maltreatment. The findings of this study did not reveal that the cultural normativeness of physical discipline was an explicit motive for a parents‟ use of physical force. However, as the literature review revealed, attitudes towards corporal punishment as an occasionally necessary consequence for a child or adolescent‟s behavior varies within and among cultures. The prominence of factors such as immigration stressors, acculturation difficulties and a parent‟s experience of corporal punishment in a minority of the cases involving visible minority youth in this sample indicates that further research into the effectiveness of a differential response model based on the different typologies of physical abuse. Intra-familial violence is a complex problem for which a multifaceted response is required. Youth Protection services play a critical role in the assessment of potential maltreatment and for ensuring a youth‟s protection when maltreatment has occurred. Further evaluation of services is warranted to explore of the effectiveness of both prevention initiatives and treatment services targeted at the reducing child physical maltreatment. » (p. 58)