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Child Neglect and the Broader Context of Child Victimization

NCJ Number
Child Maltreatment Volume: 24 Issue: 3 Dated: 2019 Pages: 265-274
Heather A. Turner; Jennifer Vanderminden; David Finkelhor
Date Published
10 pages
Using a pooled data set of two waves of the National Surveys of Children's Exposure to Violence, the current study examined links between indicators of socioeconomic resources and lifetime exposure to two different forms of child neglect (physical and supervisory), examined how neglect was associated with the risk of other types of victimization, and estimated the impact of neglect on trauma symptoms.
The study findings indicate that physical neglect is directly linked to economic stressors, and low parental education is consequential for both physical and supervisory neglect. Both types of neglect were also strongly associated with risk of other maltreatment and most other forms of victimization. Physical neglect was strongly related to sexual abuse and witnessing sibling abuse, and supervisory neglect was most strongly related to risk for sexual victimization by a nonfamily adult. Although neglect was significantly associated with trauma symptoms, poly-victims had, by far, the highest levels of trauma symptoms. (publisher abstract modified)