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NCJ Number: 221090 Find in a Library
Title: Childhood Physical Abuse and Adult Offending: Are They Linked and Is There Scope for Early Intervention?
Author(s): Dr.Rosie Teague; Paul Mazerolle Prof.
Date Published: July 2007
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Crime and Misconduct Cmssn
Brisbane Qld 4001, Australia
Sale Source: Queensland Crime and Misconduct Cmssn
GPO Box 3123
Level 3, Terrica Place
140 Creek Street
Brisbane Qld 4001,
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper presents the results of a study examining the relationship between physical abuse during childhood and offending among both male and female offenders serving community corrections orders in Queensland, Australia.
Abstract: The results indicate that physically abused offenders report higher rates of violent, property and total offending than nonabused offenders and that certain experiences, such as parental support can minimize the negative consequences of physical abuse. In response to these results, preventive strategies that incorporate or promote the provision of parental support would be expected to further insulate or protect youth from negative and criminogenic consequences of experiencing physical abuse during childhood. There is evidence that abused children are more aggressive than nonabused children, experience more internalizing behavior problems, and have higher levels of impaired social functioning. In addition, there also appears to be a strong link between childhood experiences of abuse and higher rates of offending behavior in later life. Utilizing a sample of 480 male and female offenders serving community corrections orders in Queensland, Australia, this study examined what relationship existed between physical abuse and later offending behavior, whether this relationship varied by gender, whether any factors functioned as protective influences in reducing adult offending, and what preventive opportunities existed to reduce the criminogenic consequences of physical child abuse. Tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Child abuse as crime factor
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Australia; Child abuse; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Children at risk; Crime prediction; Crisis intervention; Intervention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Psychological victimization effects
Note: Research & Issues Paper Series, No. 6, July 2007
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