Abuse, feelings, and health behaviors in a student population

Roberta Hibbard, C. J. Brack, S. Rauch, D. P. Orr

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Behavioral sequelae of child abuse are frequently cited, but there are few studies that examine the strength of assocation between behavioral effect and abuse for children in a nonclinical setting. Seven hundred twelve junior high school students (mean age, 13.5 years) were surveyed for self-report of personal experience with abuse, certain health behaviors, and self-esteem. Physical and/or sexual abuse was reported by 18.3% of students. Both types of abuse were associated with the following behaviors: running away; considering hurting oneself; suicide attempts; and the use of drugs, pot (marijuana), cigarettes, and laxatives. No clinically significant relationships were found between abuse and report of anger, sadness, or self-esteem. These data suggested that some feelings and behaviors were common among all adolescents sampled, while others were more common among abused adolescents. Recognition of strong associations should help direct clinical management. The results of this study confirm findings from some previous reports and indicate the need for further studies of children who are not in a clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-330
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Volume142
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988

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Child Abuse
Health Behavior
Self Concept
Emotions
Students
Laxatives
Sex Offenses
Anger
Cannabis
Tobacco Products
Self Report
Suicide
Population
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Physical Abuse

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Hibbard, R., Brack, C. J., Rauch, S., & Orr, D. P. (1988). Abuse, feelings, and health behaviors in a student population. American Journal of Diseases of Children, 142(3), 326-330.

Abuse, feelings, and health behaviors in a student population. / Hibbard, Roberta; Brack, C. J.; Rauch, S.; Orr, D. P.

In: American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 142, No. 3, 1988, p. 326-330.

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Hibbard, R, Brack, CJ, Rauch, S & Orr, DP 1988, 'Abuse, feelings, and health behaviors in a student population', American Journal of Diseases of Children, vol. 142, no. 3, pp. 326-330.
Hibbard, Roberta ; Brack, C. J. ; Rauch, S. ; Orr, D. P. / Abuse, feelings, and health behaviors in a student population. In: American Journal of Diseases of Children. 1988 ; Vol. 142, No. 3. pp. 326-330.
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