Substance abuse has been called the dominant characteristic of families involved in child abuse cases, but the frequency with which childhood victims become adult victimizers remains uncertain.
To examine whether a history of childhood sexual or physical abuse is associated with becoming a victimizer (ie, abusing or assaulting others) as an adult.
Interview data were collected from 439 persons in Providence, RI, from July 1997 through March 1998 who had a history of intravenous drug use.
Victimizers were defined as adults who had ever physically abused or assaulted a family member or sexual partner (eg, kicked, hit, choked, shot, stabbed, burned, or held at gunpoint).
We compared persons who had a history of victimizing others with those who did not have such a history by bivariate and multivariate analyses.
Variables included demographic factors as well as a history of sexual or physical abuse before the age of 16 years.
The prevalence of childhood physical or sexual abuse was 51% for women and 31% for men.
Seventeen percent of our subjects reported being victimizers.
Among persons who reported being victims of either physical or sexual childhood abuse, 28% victimized others ; among those who denied a history of childhood abuse, 10% victimized others.
Two thirds of victimizers reported being intoxicated while assaulting others. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Enfant maltraité, Victimologie, Adulte, Homme, Toxicomanie, Voie intraveineuse, Abus sexuel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Child abuse, Victimology, Adult, Human, Drug addiction, Intravenous administration, Sexual abuse
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0461210
Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 22/03/2000.