Gender Differences in the Criminal Consequences of Early Childhood Victimization in the Midwest

Amie M. Schuck, New Jersey Medical School
Cathy Spatz Widom, New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ)

This presentation examines the extent to which there are gender differences in the criminal consequences of early childhood victimization. Data are from a prospective cohorts design study of the consequences of childhood abuse anhd neglect which involves a follow-up and comparison of official criminal histories for a large sample of physically and sexually abused and neglected children (n=908) and matched controls (n=667). These cases of child maltreatment are based on court substantiated cases during the years 1967-1971 and were located in a midwestern metropolitan county area. Gender differences will be examined to determine the extent to which males and females react differently to these early childhood experiences, while controlling for type of abuse or neglect, age, and race of the individual. Findings will be discussed in the context of the prevention and treatment implications.

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