An examination of measures related to children's exposure to violence for use by both practitioners and researchers


Author(s)Acosta, Joie, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Racine Harris, Taria Francois, Laura J Hickman, Lisa H Jaycox and Dana Schultz
Title An examination of measures related to children's exposure to violence for use by both practitioners and researchers
Source Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 2012, Vol. 13, No 4, pp 187-197
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
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Summary The authors of this article examine the challenges of finding appropriate measures that can be used across the age span of children, from young toddlers to adolescents and measures that can be used with a range of informants such as children, parents and teachers. The review of measures included interviews with eight experts in the measurement of trauma symptoms and a review of existing repositories and a focused literature review. Through the review the authors were able to identify gaps in the availability of appropriate measures for certain outcome domains and particular age groups. For example, it was found that there are no dual-use measures of exposure to violence that assess both direct victimisation and indirect witnessing of violence.
Keywords Reactions to crime; coping strategies; advocate based service.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment