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Title: Role of Placement Experiences in Mediating the Criminal Consequences of Early Childhood Victimization
Journal: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry  Volume:61  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1991)  Pages:195-209
Author(s): C S Widom
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-IJ-CX-0033; S0 RR07031
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The disposition of a large sample of early childhood abuse and neglect cases was followed up via criminal records.
Abstract: The majority of the children were placed outside the home, primarily in foster care. Some influences on decisionmaking in placement include the characteristics of parents, such as substance abuse or criminal involvement, and whether families were receiving welfare or had a member with mental health problems, a child with behavioral problems, or an ineffective parent. These factors increased the likelihood that children were placed outside the home. Historically viewed as a temporary solution to a crisis situation, the average length of time spent in foster care in some cities was 5 years. Differences in arrest rates were found between children placed solely because of abuse or neglect, those placed for abuse or neglect in conjunction with delinquency, and foster care placement. Placement alone did not appear to risk of criminal behavior. 5 tables and 42 references
Main Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child placement services; Psychological victimization effects
Note: NIJ Reprint Based on a paper presented at the 1989 annual meeting of the American Society for Criminology in Reno, Nevada.
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