Psychosocial sequelae of violent victimization in a national youth sample.
In a national telephone sample of youths aged 10-16 years, over one third reported having been the victims of an assault. Victimized respondents displayed significantly more psychological and behavioral symptomatology than did nonvictimized respondents (more symptomatology related to posttraumatic stress disorder, more sadness, and more school difficulties), even after controlling for some other possible sources of distress. Sexual assault was associated with particularly high levels of symptomatology. However, victims of other forms of assault-nonfamily assaults involving weapons or physical injury (aggravated assaults), assaults by parents, violence to genitals, and attempted kidnappings-also evidenced levels of distress that were not statistically lower than those suffered by victims of sexual assault. The findings suggest that substantial mental health morbidity in the general child and adolescent population is associated with victimization.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
American Psychological Association
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Boney-McCoy, S., Finkelhor, D. Psychosocial sequelae of violent victimization in a national youth sample. (1995) Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63 (5), pp. 726-736.