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Poly-victimization: a neglected component in child victimization.
Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jan; 31(1):7-26.CA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the role of multiple victimization, or what is termed in this article "poly-victimization," in explaining trauma symptomatology.

METHOD

In a nationally representative sample of 2,030 children ages 2-17, assessment was made of the past year's victimization experiences and recent trauma symptoms.

RESULTS

Children experiencing four or more different kinds of victimization in a single year (poly-victims) comprised 22% of the sample. Poly-victimization was highly predictive of trauma symptoms, and when taken into account, greatly reduced or eliminated the association between individual victimizations (e.g., sexual abuse) and symptomatology. Poly-victims were also more symptomatic than children with only repeated episodes of the same kind of victimization.

CONCLUSION

Researchers and practitioners need to assess for a broader range of victimizations, and avoid studies and assessments organized around a single form of victimization.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, 126 Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17224181

Citation

Finkelhor, David, et al. "Poly-victimization: a Neglected Component in Child Victimization." Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 31, no. 1, 2007, pp. 7-26.
Finkelhor D, Ormrod RK, Turner HA. Poly-victimization: a neglected component in child victimization. Child Abuse Negl. 2007;31(1):7-26.
Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R. K., & Turner, H. A. (2007). Poly-victimization: a neglected component in child victimization. Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(1), 7-26.
Finkelhor D, Ormrod RK, Turner HA. Poly-victimization: a Neglected Component in Child Victimization. Child Abuse Negl. 2007;31(1):7-26. PubMed PMID: 17224181.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Poly-victimization: a neglected component in child victimization. AU - Finkelhor,David, AU - Ormrod,Richard K, AU - Turner,Heather A, Y1 - 2007/01/16/ PY - 2005/02/17/received PY - 2006/05/30/revised PY - 2006/06/17/accepted PY - 2007/1/17/pubmed PY - 2007/5/3/medline PY - 2007/1/17/entrez SP - 7 EP - 26 JF - Child abuse & neglect JO - Child Abuse Negl VL - 31 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of multiple victimization, or what is termed in this article "poly-victimization," in explaining trauma symptomatology. METHOD: In a nationally representative sample of 2,030 children ages 2-17, assessment was made of the past year's victimization experiences and recent trauma symptoms. RESULTS: Children experiencing four or more different kinds of victimization in a single year (poly-victims) comprised 22% of the sample. Poly-victimization was highly predictive of trauma symptoms, and when taken into account, greatly reduced or eliminated the association between individual victimizations (e.g., sexual abuse) and symptomatology. Poly-victims were also more symptomatic than children with only repeated episodes of the same kind of victimization. CONCLUSION: Researchers and practitioners need to assess for a broader range of victimizations, and avoid studies and assessments organized around a single form of victimization. SN - 0145-2134 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17224181/Poly_victimization:_a_neglected_component_in_child_victimization_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0145-2134(06)00334-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -