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Child Abuse Disparity

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Gero Posted: Sat, Sep 15 2012 1:10 PM

This BBC opinion speculates the discrepancy between child abuse in Texas and Vermont is the level of government services. This is plausible, but there could be more than one factor explaining this phenomenon. Social safety nets can be privately-provided, not government-provided, so is there a reason for their absence or weakness in Texas? Anyone have a better explanation for the child abuse disparity?

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Terrible just terrible. He fails to address any of the obvious counter-arguments, which include the very macho Texan attitude, something which no doubt results in children growing up with lots of "tough love".  Religious fundamentalism surely doesn't help things either. The cultural attitude of "toughness" practically ensures some degree of abuse, which results in a under-developed empathy response, which makes abuse more likely to be inflicted on the next generation, so on and so forth. Under developed empathy response is likely the reason that Texas has a small social safety net, meaning more stress for young parents, further increasing the chance of child abuse. There are plenty of factors which result in such high child abuse in Texas. A small social safety net is only a consequence, one which has a small effect in my opinion, but not the root of the problem.

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Clayton replied on Sat, Sep 15 2012 6:05 PM
I think he has it all wrong. Its the hot weather in Texas that causes child abuse wwhich is just one more reason we need yo combat global warming. Correlation without causation, in other words. Factors that have been proven by science to cause child abuse - stepparenting and e exclusion of biological fathers from ready access to their children - are ignored in the mad rush to "prove" that the federal government is the solution to all that ails us.
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Children are getting too independent. Therefore there neeeds to be a physical aggression to keep them inline.

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Wheylous replied on Sat, Sep 15 2012 9:02 PM

is there a reason for their absence or weakness in Texas?

I'm thinking regime uncertainty has something to do with this. Same reason why not many private companies make roads - the fear that government can get funding at the snap of a finger to outcompete them.

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