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ERIC Number: ED358402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Child Abuse and Its Relationship to Adolescent Mind-Sets and Behaviors.
Hernandez, Jeanne
This study was undertaken to explore whether incest, extrafamilial sexual abuse, and physical abuse are linked with different psychological or behavioral consequences, and whether abuse affects males and females differently. In 1989, a survey instrument was administered to all 6th, 9th, and 12th graders in 84% of all the public schools in Minnesota. A representative sample of 10% of those children completing the surveys was used in these analyses. All 6,224 protocols of the 9th and 12th grades were analyzed. Overall, 18% of the subjects reported experiencing some form of child abuse, and 10% of the sample reported having experienced sexual abuse. Approximately 2% had experienced incest only, 4% had experienced extrafamilial sexual abuse only, 10% had experienced physical abuse only, and 2% had experienced all three types of abuse. In general, although the effects of abuse on males and on females were similar, possibly the effects were somewhat greater on males. Males who reported abuse, particularly physical abuse, were more likely than females to consider suicide. All forms of child abuse correlated with the mind-sets and behaviors of the adolescents in the study. The greater relationship between physical abuse and some outcome variables and between sexual abuse and others is noteworthy. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota