Childhood Victimization: Violence, Crime, and Abuse in the Lives of Young People

Paperback | July 15, 2014

byDavid Finkelhor

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Children are the most criminally victimized segment of the population, and a substantial number face multiple, serious "poly-victimizations" during a single year. And despite the fact that the priority emphasis in academic research and government policy has traditionally gone to studyingjuvenile delinquents, children actually appear before authorities more frequently as victims than as offenders. But at the same time, the media and many advocates have failed to note the good news: rates of sexual abuse, child homicide, and many other forms of victimization declined dramaticallyafter the mid-1990s, and some terribly feared forms of child victimization, like stereotypical stranger abduction, are remarkably uncommon. The considerable ignorance about the realities of child victimization can be chalked up to a field that is fragmented, understudied, and subjected to political demagoguery. In this persuasive book, David Finkelhor presents a comprehensive new vision to encompass the prevention, treatment, and studyof juvenile victims, unifying conventional subdivisions like child molestation, child abuse, bullying, and exposure to community violence. Developmental victimology, his term for this integrated perspective, looks at child victimization across childhood's span and yields fascinating insights abouthow to categorize juvenile victimizations, how to think about risk and impact, and how victimization patterns change over the course of development. The book also provides a valuable new model of society's response to child victimization - what Finkelhor calls the Juvenile Victim Justice System - and a fresh way of thinking about barriers that victims and their families encounter when seeking help. These models will be very useful to anyoneseeking to improve the way we try to help child victims. Crimes against children still happen far too often, but by proposing a new framework for thinking about the issue, Childhood Victimization opens a promising door to reducing its frequency and improving the response. Professionals,policymakers, and child advocates will find this paradigm-shifting book to be a valuable addition to their shelves.

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Children are the most criminally victimized segment of the population, and a substantial number face multiple, serious "poly-victimizations" during a single year. And despite the fact that the priority emphasis in academic research and government policy has traditionally gone to studyingjuvenile delinquents, children actually appear be...

David Finkelhor is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is editor and author of 11 previous books an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Contributors1. Child Victims: An Introduction2. Developmental Victimology3. Children at Risk4. Cathy Kendall-Tackett: Developmental Impact5. Heather Turner and Richard Ormrod: Just Kids' Stuff? Peer and Sibling Violence6. Janis Wolak and Lucy Berliner: Getting Help: What Are the Barriers?7. Lisa Jones: Good News: Child Victimization Has Been Declining. Why?8. Ted Cross and Elise N. Pepin: The Juvenile Victim Justice System: A Concept for Helping Victims9. ProposalsNotesReferences