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Disentangling the Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Violent Delinquency: Using a Nationally Representative Sample
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Ilhong Yun, Boise State University
  • Jeremy D. Ball, Boise State University
  • Hyeyoung Lim, Western Illinois University
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2011
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Abstract

This study uses the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescents (Add Health) data, a nationally representative sample of adolescents, to disentangle the relationship between child maltreatment and violent delinquency. Also examined are potential moderating effects of gender, socioeconomic status (SES), and religiosity on the association between child maltreatment and violent delinquency. Contrary to prior research findings, the current analyses reveal that physical abuse is not associated with future violent delinquency, whereas sexual abuse and neglect predict violent delinquency significantly. The current study also did not reveal any moderating effects of gender, SES, and religiosity on the association between maltreatment and violent delinquency. Interpretations of these findings are presented, drawing on the properties of the national probability sample compared to the findings of most prior studies that used localized samples.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Interpersonal Violence, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/0886260510362886

Citation Information
Ilhong Yun, Jeremy D. Ball and Hyeyoung Lim. "Disentangling the Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Violent Delinquency: Using a Nationally Representative Sample" Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeremy_ball/19/