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Thugs and ThievesThe Differential Etiology of Violence$
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Joanne Savage and Kevin H. Wozniak

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393583.001.0001

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Abuse Victimization, Trauma, and the Differential Etiology of Violence

Abuse Victimization, Trauma, and the Differential Etiology of Violence

(p.161) 8 Abuse Victimization, Trauma, and the Differential Etiology of Violence
Thugs and Thieves

Kevin H. Wozniak

Oxford University Press

Many authors see child abuse as a very important cause of violent behavior. In this chapter we examined published evidence on the association between physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and trauma and behavior outcomes in victims. The comprehensive review indicates that all forms of abuse, as well as indicators of trauma, are associated with violent offending, but they are also consistently associated with nonviolent offending. The findings also strongly indicate that physical abuse experience is more prominent among violent offenders than nonviolent offenders, however, leading to questions about aspects of physical abuse that lead to violent behavior in victims, rather than general antisociality.

Keywords:   Child Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Violence, Violent Crime, Aggression, Corporal Punishment, Alcohol

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