Study Updates Estimates, Trends for Childhood Exposure to Violence, Crime, Abuse


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Study Updates Estimates, Trends for Childhood Exposure to Violence, Crime, Abuse


A study by David Finkelhor, Ph.D., of the University of New Hampshire, and colleagues updates estimates and trends for childhood exposure to a range of violence, crime and abuse victimizations. (Online First)


The study used the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which was based on a national telephone survey conducted in 2011. The participants included 4,503 children and teenagers between the ages of one month to 17 years.


According to the results, 41.2 percent of children and youth experienced a physical assault in the last year; 10.1 percent experienced an assault-related injury; and 2 percent experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse in the last year, although the rate was 10.7 percent for girls ages 14 to 17 years. The results also indicate that 13.7 percent of the children and youth repeatedly experienced maltreatment by a caregiver, including 3.7 percent who experienced physical abuse.


“The variety and scope of children’s exposure to violence, crime, and abuse suggest the need for better and more comprehensive tools in clinical and research settings for identifying these experiences and their effects,” the study concludes.

(JAMA Pediatr. Published online May 13, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.42. Available pre-embargo to the media at


Editor’s Note: This study was supported by grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Please see the articles for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

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