Poly-victimization: A neglected component in child victimization. Child Abuse and Neglect, 31(1), 7-26

Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, 126 Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824, USA.
Child Abuse & Neglect (Impact Factor: 2.47). 02/2007; 31(1):7-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2006.06.008
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To assess the role of multiple victimization, or what is termed in this article "poly-victimization," in explaining trauma symptomatology.
In a nationally representative sample of 2,030 children ages 2-17, assessment was made of the past year's victimization experiences and recent trauma symptoms.
Children experiencing four or more different kinds of victimization in a single year (poly-victims) comprised 22% of the sample. Poly-victimization was highly predictive of trauma symptoms, and when taken into account, greatly reduced or eliminated the association between individual victimizations (e.g., sexual abuse) and symptomatology. Poly-victims were also more symptomatic than children with only repeated episodes of the same kind of victimization.
Researchers and practitioners need to assess for a broader range of victimizations, and avoid studies and assessments organized around a single form of victimization.

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    • "Multiple online victimization was defined by the most parsimonious and simple operational definition of it, i.e., the occurrence of more than one form of online victimization during the last year in a range from two to eight, as other authors have done regarding polyvictimization (Pereda & GallardoPujol, 2014;Sabina & Straus, 2008). In addition, following the recommendations ofFinkelhor et al. (2007a), we divided online multiple victims into low and high groups. The ten percent most victimized of the adolescents was identified as high multiple online victimization group, i.e., youth who reported a number of forms of online victimization above the Percentile 90, which was four. "

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    • "Accordingly, multiple victimization, defined as the experience of different types of victimization across a specified period of time (e.g., over the past year) or lifetime, has begun to receive greater empirical attention, primarily through the work of Finkelhor, Ormrod, Turner, and Hamby (2005) and Finkelhor, Ormrod, andTurner (2007aTurner ( , 2007b). The results have consistently suggested that Downloaded by[Anita Santos]at 08:54 13 January 2016 exposure to multiple categories of victimization is common and more strongly associated with psychological difficulties compared with the exposure to a single category of violence or no violence (e.g.,Finkelhor et al., 2007aFinkelhor et al., , 2007b). It is clearly necessary to consider the multiple forms of women victimization to understand the ways that victimized women cope with this stressful life condition. "
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    • "In Spain, the majority of studies about online victimization have focused on describe the prevalence rates of particular types of victimization such as cyberbullying (Buelga, Cava, & Musitu, 2010), online harassment and unwanted sexual solicitations (Pereda et al., 2014b). This narrow perspective underestimates the burden of victimization that young people experience through information and communication technologies and fails to show the interrelationships among different kinds of online victimization and thus to understand fully the problem of victimization vulnerability or the impact of one kind of victimization alone, as has been concluded in previous studies about polyvictimization (Cyr, Clément, & Chamberland, 2014; Finkelhor, Ormrod, & Turner, 2007b; Finkelhor et al., 2005a; Mitchell, Ybarra, & Finkelhor, 2007). Nevertheless, there are a few international studies that provide data about the co-occurrence of different forms of online victimization in adolescents. "
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