Polyvictimization in Developmental Context.
Polyvictimization (i.e., exposure to multiple forms of victimization) appears highly correlated with indicators of traumatic stress in children. In this study, a national sample of children and youth were assessed for 36 different kinds of victimization using the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire. Polyvictims were defined as the 10% of children experiencing the most different kinds of victimization in each of 4 developmental cohorts. The younger polyvictims had somewhat fewer victimizations overall, less sexual victimization, and more victimization at the hands of family members, particularly siblings. However, polyvictimization at every developmental level was strongly associated with distress symptoms. This study suggests the importance of assessing for and identifying polyvictims at all ages, including among preschoolers.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
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Finkelhor, D., Shattuck, A., Turner, H.A., Ormrod, R., Hamby, S.L. Polyvictimization in Developmental Context. (2011) Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 4 (4), pp. 291-300.
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