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NCJ Number: 228598 Find in a Library
Title: Discrepancies in Reporting of Physical and Sexual Abuse Among Homeless Young Adults
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2009  Pages:513-531
Author(s): Kimberly A. Tyler; Lisa A. Melander
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: K01MH064897
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined risk factors for discrepant reporting of physical and sexual abuse among a population of 172 homeless young adults, using demographic and family background characteristics.
Abstract: Results indicate high rates of discrepant reporting for both physical and sexual abuse, with participants failing to label many forms of physical abuse as maltreatment. Study participants were more likely to be discrepant reporters on minor forms of physical abuse and noncontact sexual abuse. Discrepant reporting, the denial or minimization of maltreatment, decreases the opportunity for appropriate intervention. Previous studies on the topic have been conducted with clinical samples; data for this study were collected from the Homeless Young Adult Project, a study designed to examine the effect of neglect and abuse histories on health and high-risk behavior of 199 young adults in 3 Midwestern cities. Of this total, 144 were homeless, and 55 were housed, but had extensive histories of being homeless. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Crime reporting by children; Unreported crimes
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse reporting; Family structure; Family support; Homeless children; Juvenile delinquent family relations
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