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NCJ Number: 237423 Find in a Library
Title: Classes and Consequences of Multiple Maltreatment: A Person-Centered Analysis
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:16  Issue:4  Dated:November 2011  Pages:250-261
Author(s): Sara R. Berzenski; Tuppett M. Yates
Date Published: November 2011
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92502
Grant Number: 1F31MH092060-01A1
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated multiple maltreatment experiences in a sample of undergraduate students who reported on childhood maltreatment and current adjustment.
Abstract: While the overwhelming majority of research on the consequences of childhood maltreatment reports differential outcomes of specific maltreatment subtypes (e.g., physical abuse vs. emotional abuse) as though they are independent, maltreatment experiences often occur in combination. The present study evaluated multiple maltreatment experiences in a sample of 2,637 undergraduate students who reported on childhood maltreatment and current adjustment. The authors used latent class analysis to examine predominant patterns of multiple maltreatment experiences and investigated indices of psychosocial adjustment associated with those patterns. Results suggested that specific constellations of multiple maltreatment have qualitatively different associations with adjustment. Emotional abuse, alone or in combination with other maltreatment types, was especially salient for psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression), while a combination of physical and emotional abuse was most strongly associated with conduct-related problems (e.g., substance use, risky sexual behavior). These findings have both practical and empirical significance for understanding and classifying experiences of maltreatment. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse treatment; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Young Adults (18-24)
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