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dc.contributor.authorMerrick, M.T.
dc.contributor.authorLitrownik, A.J.
dc.contributor.authorMargolis, B.
dc.contributor.authorWiley, T.R.A.
dc.contributor.authorEverson, M.D.
dc.contributor.authorDubowitz, H.
dc.contributor.authorEnglish, D.
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-07T21:22:35Z
dc.date.available2020-02-07T21:22:35Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84937518302&doi=10.1007%2fs10826-014-0024-3&partnerID=40&md5=375d6be63b577bb7ea04d0e2c24db154
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/11819
dc.description.abstractThe link between child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency has been well established, yet the underlying mechanisms through which the relationship may be explained are not very well understood. Although sexualized behaviors have been most studied in the context of sexual abuse, increasing evidence suggests that a broader conceptualization is warranted. Therefore, the current study tested sexualized behaviors as a mediator in the relation between child maltreatment of any type and delinquent behaviors using structural equation modeling. This study used a multi-site prospective sample of 804 children who were at high-risk for experiencing maltreatment and part of the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect consortium. This study found that reported maltreatment was related to delinquency, and sexualized behaviors partially mediated the relationship between child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency. Specifically, children with more maltreatment reports before age 8 had increased sexualized behaviors at age 8, which in turn predicted greater delinquent behaviors at age 12. These results suggest that in addition to maltreatment experiences, early sexualized behaviors (i.e., at age 8) may also be markers for subsequent delinquent behaviors (i.e., at age 12). Researchers and clinicians should work to further clarify the connections among child maltreatment, sexualized behaviors, and delinquency. Copyright 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA).en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-014-0024-3en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLCen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Child and Family Studies
dc.subjectChild maltreatmenten_US
dc.subjectJuvenile delinquencyen_US
dc.subjectMediationen_US
dc.subjectSexualized behaviorsen_US
dc.titleSexualized Behaviors Partially Mediate the Link between Maltreatment and Delinquent Behaviorsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10826-014-0024-3
dc.identifier.ispublishedYes
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