Children as victims of violence: a national survey.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to gain a more comprehensive perspective on the scope, variety, and consequences of child victimization, which has been obscured by a fragmentation into specific problems like sexual abuse or kidnapping. METHODS: Two thousand children aged 10 to 16 years were interviewed in a national telephone survey of children. RESULTS: In the previous year, a quarter of the children had experienced a completed victimization, one in eight had experienced an injury, and one in a hundred required medical attention as a result. Nonfamily physical assaults were the most numerous. Contact sexual abuse occurred to 3.2% of girls and 0.6% of boys. There were also substantial numbers of incidents of attempted kidnappings and violence directed to children's genitals. CONCLUSION: The victimization of children occurs to a greater extent than has been previously reported and is poorly represented in official statistics. IMPLICATION: The authors argue for a more comprehensive interest in children's victimization including better national statistics about the problem.
  • Authors

  • Finkelhor, David
  • Dziuba-Leatherman, J
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 1994
  • Published In

  • Pediatrics  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Abuse
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Services
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Truth Disclosure
  • United States
  • Violence
  • Pubmed Id

  • 7936846
  • Start Page

  • 413
  • End Page

  • 420
  • Volume

  • 94
  • Issue

  • 4 Pt 1