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NCJ Number: NCJ 191210     Find in a Library
Title: Short- and Long-Term Consequences of Adolescent Victimization
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Author(s): Scott Menard
Date Published: 01/2002
Page Count: 16
  Series: OJJDP Youth Violence Research Series
  Annotation: This bulletin examined how adolescent victimization affects a victim's life during both adolescence and adulthood.
Abstract: Utilizing data from the National Youth Survey, this bulletin examined the consequences of both short- and long-term adolescent victimization. The concentration of attention was on the affects of adolescent victimization on the likelihood of various negative outcomes in adulthood that included both voluntary and involuntary behaviors. The study began with an overview of research literature on the consequences of criminal investigation that included: physical and medical costs; financial costs; subsequent offending; and mental health problems and substance use. The study examined, through measurement and analysis, four questions related to adolescent victimization: (1) what are the immediate effects on the victim; (2) how is adolescent victimization related to certain voluntary and involuntary problems in both adolescence and adulthood; (3) is adolescent victimization related to specific problems in adulthood; and (4) how does adolescent victimization affect adult life? Study findings indicated that violent victimization during adolescence had a pervasive effect on problem outcomes in adulthood and increased the chances of being a perpetrator or victim of violence in adulthood. In addition, victimization, specifically violent victimization, showed a significant impact in terms of financial loss, physical injury, and short-term associations with other problem behaviors and outcomes. The combination of three factors, direct costs of victimization (financial loss and physical injury), the high rate of violent adolescent victimization, and the all-encompassing effects of adolescent violent victimization in adulthood, suggest the need for interventions to reduce adolescent victimization. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Victimology ; Crimes against children ; Victimization ; Children at risk ; Juvenile victims ; Child victims ; Victims of violence ; Long term health effects of child abuse
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

US Dept of Health and Human Services
NIMH Antisocial and Violent Behavior Branch
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: 78-JN-AX-003; MH27552; 1999-JN-FX-K006
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: OJJDP Youth Violence Research Bulletin
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