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Title: Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Delinquency: What Are the Links?
Journal: Mississippi Voices for Children and Youth  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(January-February 1995)  Pages:14-17
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This literature review of relevant empirical research examines the links between child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency.
Abstract: The review shows that there is some empirical evidence to support the existence of several links. Apparently, child maltreatment (particularly when defined broadly) is associated with juvenile delinquency (particularly when defined narrowly). The links may be causal in both directions, as well as being the result of common etiology in disrupted, ineffectual families and culturally based practices that encourage family violence, decrease social control in adolescence, and support institutional practices that respond punitively to adolescent reactions to family disruption. The relative importance and strength of these links remain undetermined, however. Also, the available evidence does not address many historical and cultural issues of significant relevance. Research has not yet determined whether recent efforts to deinstitutionalize status offenders have strengthened or weakened the link between maltreatment and delinquency. Neither has research examined the effects of recent increases in reported abuse, particularly sexual abuse. Nor has research determined whether the presumed causal links between maltreatment and delinquency operate differently for various groups within society.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused-nonabused child comparisons; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Juvenile delinquency factors; Psychological victimization effects
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