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