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Childhood victimization and violent offending.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2278946     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between childhood victimization and violent offending is examined using a prospective cohorts design. Official criminal histories for a large sample of substantiated and validated cases of physical and sexual abuse and neglect (N = 908) from the years 1967 through 1971 were compared to those of a matched control group (N = 667) of individuals with no official record of abuse or neglect. Sex-specific and race-specific effects of childhood victimization and other characteristics of violent offending (chronicity, age of onset, temporal patterns, and continuity) are assessed. Childhood victimization increased overall risk for violet offending and particularly increased risk for males and blacks. In comparison to controls, abused and neglected children began delinquent careers earlier. Temporal patterns of violet offending were examined and childhood victims did not differ in age of arrest for first violent offense, nor were they more likely to continue offending. The findings and their limitations are discussed, as well as directions for future research.
B Rivera; C S Widom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Violence and victims     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0886-6708     ISO Abbreviation:  Violence Vict     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-03-08     Completed Date:  1991-03-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916436     Medline TA:  Violence Vict     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse / epidemiology*,  psychology
Child Abuse, Sexual / epidemiology,  psychology
Cohort Studies
Juvenile Delinquency / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Prospective Studies
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