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The impact of child sexual abuse and psychological distress on delinquency among incarcerated juveniles in China
Hongwei Zhang1; Ruohui Zhao2; Jihong Solomon Zhao3; Ling Ren3
2016-12-01
Source PublicationCrime, Law and Social Change
ISSN0925-4994
Volume66Issue:5Pages:447-464
Abstract

Child sexual abuse (CSA) and associated psychological distress are known to have a profound negative impact on behavioral patterns of victims. Juveniles incarcerated in correctional institutions are undoubtedly more susceptible to CSA in childhood. In spite of the growing research literature on CSA in the U.S., empirical investigation of CSA among juvenile prisoners in China has been lacking. This study seeks to address this important issue that has largely been overlooked. The data were collected from a juvenile reformatory located in a southern province of China. The findings show that approximately one in five juvenile offenders reported having experienced CSA, a rate that is higher than their same-age counterparts in the population. The reported mental health problem among the CSA victims was found to be more severe than the non-victims in the sample. More importantly, CSA exerted a significant effect on drug-related offense, while psychological distress was a significant predictor of violent offenses. The importance and policy implications of this study are discussed.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-016-9637-3
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology ; Social Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology ; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000388826900002
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHongwei Zhang; Ruohui Zhao; Jihong Solomon Zhao; Ling Ren
Affiliation1.Juvenile and Family Law Research Center, College of Humanities, Jinan University, Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China
2.Department of Sociology, University of Macau, Macau, People’s Republic of China
3.Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Hongwei Zhang,Ruohui Zhao,Jihong Solomon Zhao,et al. The impact of child sexual abuse and psychological distress on delinquency among incarcerated juveniles in China[J]. Crime, Law and Social Change,2016,66(5):447-464.
APA Hongwei Zhang,Ruohui Zhao,Jihong Solomon Zhao,&Ling Ren.(2016).The impact of child sexual abuse and psychological distress on delinquency among incarcerated juveniles in China.Crime, Law and Social Change,66(5),447-464.
MLA Hongwei Zhang,et al."The impact of child sexual abuse and psychological distress on delinquency among incarcerated juveniles in China".Crime, Law and Social Change 66.5(2016):447-464.
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