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What do we know about child abuse and neglect patterns of co-occurrence? A systematic review of profiling studies and recommendations for future research

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posted on 13.05.2022, 09:23 by Agata Debowska, Dominic WillmottDominic Willmott, Daniel Boduszek, Adele D Jones
Latent class (LCA) and latent profile (LPA) analysis represent methodological approaches to identify subgroups of maltreated individuals. Although research examining child abuse and neglect (CAN) profiles is still rare, the application of person-centered techniques to clarify CAN types co-occurrence has substantially increased in recent years. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to provide a summary and critical evaluation of the findings of LCA/LPA child maltreatment research to: (a) systemize the current understanding of patterns of maltreatment across populations and (b) elucidate interactive effects of CAN types on psychosocial functioning. A search in PsychInfo, Eric, PubMed, Scopus, and Science Direct, and Google Scholar was performed. Sixteen studies examining the co-occurrence between child physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and/or exposure to domestic violence were identified. A critical review of the studies revealed inconsistent findings as to the number of CAN classes, but most research uncovered a poly-victimized and a low abuse group. Further, multiple victimization was associated with most adverse internalizing and externalizing outcomes, especially when sexual abuse was present. Exposure to physical and emotional abuse was frequently reported to lead to behavioural problems. Based on the present study results, we provide a set of recommendations for surpassing the current methodological and conceptual limitations in future research.

Funding

European Union (EuropeAid/136243/DD/ACT/Multi − Towards a Future Free from Domestic Violence)

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

Child Abuse & Neglect

Volume

70

Pages

100 - 111

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.06.014

Acceptance date

04/06/2017

Publication date

2017-06-10

Copyright date

2017

ISSN

0145-2134

eISSN

1873-7757

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Dom Willmott. Deposit date: 21 April 2022