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Trends in Child Victimization

Trends In Child Victimization

There have been some fascinating and encouraging developments in child victimization that have not received much publicity and run counter to popular perception. Certain types of abuse and crimes against children have been declining since the early 1990s.

While the long-term trends are encouraging, the reasons for them remain unclear. An improving economy, advances in psychopharmacology, changes in social values, and more effective interventions, are among the factors that, most likely working in concert, may have contributed to this downward trend in child victimization. Research is ongoing.

David Finkelhor and Lisa Jones (2006). Why have Child Maltreatment and Child Victimization Declined. Journal of Social Issues, 62(4): 685-716. Order #CV137J

Finkelhor, D., Saito, K., & Jones, L. (2016). Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2014. Durham, NH: Crimes against Children Research Center.