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Latent Classification of Physical Abuse as a Predictor of Adolescent Functioning

Charles V. Izzo, Elliot G. Smith, John J. Eckenrode, Paul P. Biemer and Sharon L. Christ

in Child Welfare and Child Well-Being

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398465
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398465.003.0004
Latent Classification of Physical Abuse as a Predictor of Adolescent Functioning

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This chapter considers what may be considered the most significant risk factor in a child welfare population: the experience of maltreatment. Historically, the variation among definitions of maltreatment has proved to be a substantial methodological weakness in child welfare research; any examination of sequalae of maltreatment necessarily hinges on how maltreatment is captured and described. The chapter uses multiple sources in NSCAW to determine children's maltreatment experiences, including adolescents' self-reports of their own experiences. It advances the definitions and analysis of maltreatment and its consequences. In addition, it offers new information about the relationship between maltreatment and socioemotional outcomes in adolescents.

Keywords: adolescent functioning; child abuse; physical abuse; experience of maltreatment; child welfare

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