Child abuse, neglect, and adult behavior: research design and findings on criminality, violence, and child abuse

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1989 Jul;59(3):355-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb01671.x.


Using a prospective cohorts design, a large sample of physical and sexual abuse cases was compared to a matched control group. Overall, abused and neglected subjects had higher rates than did controls for adult criminality and arrests for violent offenses, but not for adult arrests for child abuse or neglect. Findings are discussed in the context of intergenerational transmission of violence, and directions for future research are suggested.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Crime*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology
  • Male
  • Personality Development*
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors
  • Violence*