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Pathways to Poly-victimization

Show simple item record Finkelhor, David Ormrod, Richard Turner, Heather Holt, Melissa 2017-11-09T15:42:23Z 2017-11-09T15:42:23Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Finkelhor, David; Ormrod, Richard; Turner, Heather; Holt, Melissa. (November 2009). Pathways to Poly-victimization. Child Maltreatment,14 (4), 316-329. en_US
dc.description.abstract Some children, whom we have labeled poly-victims, experience very high levels of victimizations of different types. This article finds support for a conceptual model suggesting that there may be four distinct pathways to becoming such a poly-victim: (a) residing in a dangerous community, (b) living in a dangerous family, (c) having a chaotic, multiproblem family environment, or (d) having emotional problems that increase risk behavior, engender antagonism, and compromise the capacity to protect oneself. It uses three waves of the Developmental Victimization Survey, a nationally representative sample of children aged 2–17 years. All four hypothesized pathways showed significant independent association with poly-victim onset. For the younger children, the symptom score representing emotional problems was the only significant predictor. For the older children, the other three pathway variables were significant predictors—dangerous communities, dangerous families, and problem families—but not symptom score. Poly-victimization onset was also disproportionately likely to occur in the year prior to children’s 7th and 15th birthday, corresponding roughly to the entry into elementary school and high school. The identification of such pathways and the ages of high onset should help practitioners design programs for preventing vulnerable children from becoming poly-victims. [CVRL Note: Published in final edited form in Child Maltreatment, Volume 14, Number 4, November 2009, 316-329.] (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center en_US
dc.subject Survey Results en_US
dc.subject Polyvictimization en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Family Violence en_US
dc.subject High-risk Behavior en_US
dc.subject Behavioral Problems en_US
dc.subject Risk Factors en_US
dc.subject Community Violence en_US
dc.subject Urban High Crime Neighborhoods en_US
dc.subject Teens en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.title Pathways to Poly-victimization en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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