Multiple forms of child abuse and neglect: adult retrospective reports

Higgins, Darryl J. and McCabe, Marita 2001, Multiple forms of child abuse and neglect: adult retrospective reports, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 6, no. 6, November-December, pp. 547-578, doi: 10.1016/S1359-1789(00)00030-6.

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Title Multiple forms of child abuse and neglect: adult retrospective reports
Author(s) Higgins, Darryl J.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 6
Issue number 6
Season November-December
Start page 547
End page 578
Publisher Pergamon - Elsevier Science Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) child abuse
multi-type maltreatment
review study
adult adjustment
Summary There are few research reports of the experience of multiple forms of child abuse and neglect (multi-type maltreatment). A critical review is presented of 29 studies in which adult retrospective reports of more than one form of child maltreatment (sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, or witnessing family violence) are assessed. Empirical investigations of the extent and impact of multi-type maltreatment are identified. Data on the relationship between the different forms of maltreatment and the adjustment problems associated with each type of maltreatment are critiqued. As well as using dichotomous measures of maltreatment, an important methodological problem was the failure of researchers to assess all child maltreatment types, the relationship between multi-type maltreatment and adjustment, and the role of variables influencing the occurrence or impact of maltreatment. Considerable overlap was found in the occurrence of maltreatment types. The compounding or interacting effects of experiencing multi-type maltreatment were ignored in many studies. Where an assessment was made of the specific impact of multi-type maltreatment, it was associated with greater impairment than single forms of abuse or neglect. A multi-dimensional approach to prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect is required in which children's vulnerability to multi-type maltreatment is addressed.
Notes Available online 21 November 2001.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1359-1789(00)00030-6
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Elsevier Science Ltd.
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