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Family structure, victimization, and child mental health in a nationally representative sample

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dc.contributor.author Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., Hamby, S. L., & Shattuck, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-05T17:20:45Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-05T17:20:45Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., Hamby, S. L., & Shattuck, A. (2013). Family structure, victimization, and child mental health in a nationally representative sample. Social Science & Medicine, 87, 39-51. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://unhinfo.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV235.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2300
dc.description.abstract Utilizing the 2008 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the current study compares past year rates of 7 forms of child victimization (maltreatment, assault, peer victimization, property crime, witnessing family violence and exposure to community violence) across 3 different family structure types (two biological/adoptive parents, single parent, step/cohabiting family) among a representative sample of 4046 U.S. children ages 2–17. The study also considers whether certain social-contextual risk factors help to explain family structure variations in victimization, and the extent to which victimization exposure accounts for family structure differences in distress symptom levels. Findings showed significantly elevated rates of almost all types of victimization among children in both nontraditional family types, relative to those living with two biological/adoptive parents. Factors associated with increased victimization risk in these families include high parental conflict, drug or alcohol problems, family adversity, and community disorder. A summary measure of children's exposure to multiple forms of victimization was the strongest predictor of distress symptoms. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Social Science & Medicine en_US
dc.subject child victimiization en_US
dc.subject child maltreatment en_US
dc.subject family structure en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject single parent en_US
dc.subject step families en_US
dc.title Family structure, victimization, and child mental health in a nationally representative sample en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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