Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 337–348

Profiles of Child Maltreatment Perpetrators and Risk for Fatal Assault: A Latent Class Analysis

  • Svetlana Yampolskaya
  • Paul E. Greenbaum
  • Ilene R. Berson
Original Article


This study examined characteristics and profiles of 196 child maltreatment perpetrators in Florida, including 126 who committed fatal assaults during 1999–2002. Results of logistic regression suggest that being a biologically unrelated caregiver is the strongest predictor of fatal child maltreatment. Latent Class Analysis (LCA) was used to classify perpetrators, and three classes were identified: Biological Mothers with Health Problems, Male Perpetrators with Domestic Violence History, and Multiple-Problem Perpetrators. Results of LCA showed that compared to Biological Mothers with Health Problems, Multiple-Problem Perpetrators were seven times more likely and Male Perpetrators with Domestic Violence History were 12 times more likely to commit a fatal assault. Implications of the findings are discussed.


Child maltreatment Perpetrator Fatal assault Latent class analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Svetlana Yampolskaya
    • 1
  • Paul E. Greenbaum
    • 1
  • Ilene R. Berson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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