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NCJ Number: 120166 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse, Neglect, and Violent Criminal Behavior
Journal: Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1989)  Pages:251-271
Author(s): C S Widom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a prospective cohorts design and compared official criminal histories.
Abstract: One group had substantiated and validated cases of physical and sexual abuse and neglect; in the control group the individuals has no official record of abuse or neglect. The subjects who had been abused and neglected had higher rates of having an adult criminal record and a larger number of arrests as adults than did the controls. The abused and neglected subjects also had a higher frequency of arrests for violent offenses as adults but this was due mainly to significantly more adult violent offenses by abused males. A logit model which incorporates age, sex, race, and abuse/neglect history simultaneously is a good fit for predicting an adult criminal record. Childhood abuse, neglect, and violence have demonstrable long-term consequences for adult criminal behavior, but this outcome is not inevitable. In addition, the patterns differ for men and women. 7 notes, 4 tables, 1 figure, 54 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect
Index Term(s): Crime prediction; Criminal career patterns
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