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Violence, Abuse, and Crime Exposure in a National Sample of Children and Youth

Authors: 
Finkelhor, D.,
Turner, H.,
Ormrod, R.,
Hamby, S. L.
Year Published: 2009
Type: 
Paper/Research Report
Organization: 
American Academy of Pediatrics
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Source: 
Grant 2006-JW-BX-0003, awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice
Abstract: 

The purpose of this study was to obtain national estimates of exposure to the full spectrum of childhood violence, abuse, and crime victimizations relevant to both clinical practice and public-policy approaches to the problem. The authors collected data on 4,549 children (aged 0 to 17 years) through a cross-sectional national telephone survey. A majority of the children and youth in this sample (60.6 percent) had experienced at least one direct or witnessed victimization in the previous year; 46.3 percent had experienced a physical assault in the study year, 24.6 percent experienced a property offense, 10.2 percent experienced a form of child maltreatment, 6.1 percent experienced a sexual victimization, and 25.3 percent was a witness to violence or experienced another form of indirect victimization in the year, including 9.8 percent who witnessed an intrafamily assault. One in 10 had experienced a victimization-related injury. More than one third (38.7 percent) had been exposed to 2 or more directvictimizations, 10.9 percent had 5 or more, and 2.4 percent had 10 or more during the study year. Modified Author Abstract.

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