UNH Hosts International Conference on Child Victimization July 11-14

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations

July 6, 2004

DURHAM, N.H. -- More than 200 researchers from around the world will participate in the University of New Hampshire’s biennial conference on the victimization of children and youth July 11-14, 2004, at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center in Portsmouth.

Sponsored by UNH’s Family Research Laboratory and Crimes against Children Research Center, as well as the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute, the conference will feature research on the link between child maltreatment and pornography, teen dating violence, the long-term effects of child maltreatment, on health and reproductive health, community approaches to child victimization and violence among homeless and incarcerated youth.

The conference will open with a keynote speech Sunday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. UNH researchers David Finkelhor, Richard Ormrod and Heather Turner will discuss their research on whether multiple victimization is the norm for children.

Following are featured speakers:

• “People Shouldn’t Have to Ask”: Making Child Protection Part of Everyday Life. Gary Melton, Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University. Monday, July 12, 9-10:15 a.m., Prescott Room.

• Medical Child Abuse – Beyond Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Carole Jenny, professor of pediatrics at Brown University. Monday, July 12, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Prescott Room.

• The Lifetime Health Effects of Childhood Abuse and Adversity. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, UNH, and Valerie Edwards, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Tuesday, July 13, 9-10:15 a.m., Prescott Room.

• Parenting Practices and the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. John Lutzker, Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Tuesday, July 13, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Prescott Room.

For more information on the conference in general or other presenters and topics, log on to http://www.unh.edu/frl/conferences/2004/index.html.