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NCJ Number: 135783 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Children Grown Up: A Follow-Up Study of Individuals Severely Maltreated as Children
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(1992)  Pages:75-87
Author(s): J A Martin; E Elmer
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Pittsburgh Child Guidance Ctr Foundation
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study describes the adult functioning of a group of 13 persons who were severely battered as young children.
Abstract: In this longitudinal study, 22 children in the sample were judged abused. Of these, 13 were interviewed as adults. The interview included the administration of several standardized scales: the Profile of Mood States, Buss and Durkee's aggression measure, Moos' Family Environment Scale, and a social support measure. Some individuals exhibited limited autonomy and few adult coping skills, but others were raising families, holding jobs, and maintaining functional social ties. There was little evidence of overt aggression in the group, but resentment and suspiciousness scores were high. Many subjects maintained ties with their troubled parents, and others sought out birth parents after losing contact with them in childhood. Several had developed long-term stable marriages, and social supports were adequate for most subjects in the group. Overall, study findings indicate that early abusive trauma and adult functioning have no simple relationship. 6 tables, 25 references, and summaries in French and Spanish
Main Term(s): Child abuse; Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Child victims; Longitudinal studies
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