The Impact of Multiple Types of Child Maltreatment on Subsequent Risk Behaviors Among Women During the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood
The purpose of this study was to investigate how different types of child maltreatment, independently and collectively, impact a wide range of risk behaviors in three domains: sexual risk behaviors, delinquency, and suicidality. The authors used cumulative classification and Expanded Hierarchical Type (EHT) classification approaches to categorize various types of maltreatment. Data were obtained from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The sample consisted of 7,576 White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian females ages 18 to 27. Results showed that experiencing different kinds of maltreatment during childhood led to an extensive range of risk behaviors within the three identified domains. Women experiencing sexual abuse plus other maltreatment types had the poorest outcomes in all three domains. Based on the findings, the authors suggest that it may no longer be appropriate to assume that all types of maltreatment are equivalent in their potential contribution tonegative developmental sequelae. Modified Author Abstract.