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NCJ Number: 237467 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence of Maltreatment Among Youths in Public Sectors of Care
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:August 2011  Pages:196-204
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Miller; Amy E. Green; Danielle L. Fettes; Gregory A. Aarons
Date Published: August 2011
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: U01MH055282;R01MH072961
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the wide extent of maltreatment among youths in public sectors of care.
Abstract: Few studies have investigated the prevalence of maltreatment among youths in public sectors of care despite the critical public health concern and the burden of suffering on such youths. The current study examined the prevalence of multiple types of maltreatment across five public sectors of care. Youths aged 11–18 (n = 1,135) enrolled in 1 of 5 public sectors of care reported on their maltreatment history using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. Across all sectors, 78 percent of youth reported experiencing at least moderate levels of maltreatment with the majority (58 percent) reporting multiple types of maltreatment. The prevalence of maltreatment was highest for youths involved in the alcohol/drug (86 percent) and child welfare (85 percent) sectors, and lowest in the serious emotional disturbance sector (72 percent). Logistic regressions were conducted to examine differences in the likelihood of multiple types of maltreatment by sector affiliation, controlling for the effects of gender, race/ethnicity, and age. The results indicate that rates of maltreatment across sectors do not differ greatly from those in child welfare. The high incidence of maltreatment across all sectors, not solely child welfare, indicates that all youth in public sectors of care should be screened for a history of maltreatment when they enter into care. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect; Community service programs; Mental health services; Residential child care institutions
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