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NCJ Number: 184378 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence and Consequences of Child Victimization
Series: NIJ Research Preview
Author(s): Dean Kilpatrick Ph.D.; Benjamin Saunders Ph.D.
Date Published: April 1997
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 93-IJ-CX-0023
Publication Number: FS 000179
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
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United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Document: PDF|Text
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using telephone interviews with a random sample of 4,023 adolescents and preliminary 10-minute interviews with their parents or guardians, this study examined the prevalence and consequences of childhood victimization.
Abstract: Adolescents were asked about their personal experiences of sexual assault and physical assault, violence they may have witnessed, their drug and alcohol use, their experience of posttraumatic stress disorder, and serious delinquency offenses they may have committed. The sample was evenly divided between male and female participants and had demographic characteristics similar to those of the general population of this age. Extrapolating the findings of this study to the national adolescent population as a whole suggests that of the 22.3 million adolescents ages 12-17 in the United States today, approximately 1.8 million have been victims of a serious sexual assault, 3.9 million have been victims of a serious physical assault, and almost 9 million have witnessed serious violence. Nearly 2 million have suffered (and over 1 million still suffer) from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and approximately 3.4 million have been drug or alcohol abusers as well. Analysis of the survey information shows a strong correlation between drug abuse and delinquency. Having been personally victimized and suffering from PTSD also are apparently strong predictors of delinquent behavior.
Main Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Long term health effects of child abuse; NIJ grant-related documents; Offense statistics; Victimization
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