Childhood Abuse And Adult Delinquency

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The findings from The National Institution of Justice have compiled very compelling data related to childhood abuse and adult criminality. Here are some statistics from their findings:
• 34 percent of female foster youth reported being arrested
• Researchers found that childhood maltreatment was a risk factor for officially recognized delinquency, violent self-reported delinquency and moderate self-reported delinquency.
• Being abused or neglected as a child increases the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 59 percent
• Substantiated cases of adolescent maltreatment (against children ages 12 to 17) increased the odds of arrest, general and violent offending, and illicit drug use in young adulthood.
• Women who reported being raped or physically assaulted before age 18 were more than twice as likely to report being raped or physically assaulted as an adult.
• 40 percent of women and nearly 54 percent of men surveyed said that an adult caretaker had physically assaulted them as a child.
Not all abused and neglected children will experience long-term consequences. Outcomes of individual cases vary widely and are affected by a combination of factors, including:
• The child’s age and developmental status when the abuse or neglect occurred
• The type of abuse (physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, etc.)
• Frequency, duration, and severity of abuse
• Relationship between the victim and his or her abuser (Chalk, Gibbons, & Scarupa, 2000).
Through several case studies and a

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