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Childhood Victimization: Violence, Crime, and Abuse in the Lives of Young People

David Finkelhor


This book presents a vision of childhood victimization, one that unifies the conventional subdivisions like child molestation, child abuse, street crime, bullying, and exposure to community violence. It shows how children are the most criminally victimized segment of the population, with over one-in-five facing multiple, serious “poly-victimizations” during a single year. Developmental Victimology, the book’s term for this new integrative perspective, looks at how victimization changes across the span of childhood and offers insights about how to categorize juvenile victimizations and how to t ... More

Keywords: bullying, crime, child abuse, street crime, child maltreatment, peer victimization, community violence, sexual abuse, poly-victimizations, Developmental Victimology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195342857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Finkelhor, author
Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire