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ERIC Number: EJ939588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Attention Problems Mediate the Association between Severity of Physical Abuse and Aggressive Behavior in a Sample of Maltreated Early Adolescents
Garrido, Edward F.; Taussig, Heather N.; Culhane, Sara E.; Raviv, Tali
Journal of Early Adolescence, v31 n5 p714-734 Oct 2011
Empirical evidence has accumulated documenting an association between childhood physical abuse and aggressive behavior. Relatively fewer studies have explored possible mediating mechanisms that may explain this association. The purpose of the current study was to examine whether caregiver- and youth-reported attention problems mediate the association between physical abuse severity and aggressive behavior. A sample of 240 maltreated early adolescents (ages 9-11) and their caregivers were interviewed within 14 months of being removed from the home. Results from multiple regression analyses indicated that caregiver- and youth-reported attention problems were partial mediators of the association between physical abuse severity and aggressive behavior. These associations were significant even after controlling for children's intellectual functioning, sex, age, and severity of other maltreatment types. Possible explanations for the detrimental impact of physical abuse on behavior are discussed, along with the implications of the current study's results for interventions aimed at reducing early adolescent aggressive behavior. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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