Symptom Trajectories Among Child Survivors of Maltreatment: Findings from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN)

Dean Lauterbach*, Cherie Armour

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Very few studies have investigated the longitudinal trajectory of depression and anxiety related symptomatology among child victims of maltreatment or among those at risk for maltreatment. The current study examined latent class trajectories of anxiety/depression symptoms in a sample of 1354 (n = 657 boys, n = 697 girls) victimized or at risk children using data collected from the Longtitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN). Four trajectory groups were identified labeled low-stable, moderate-stable, moderate-increasing, and high-decreasing. This study also sought to investigate predictors of group membership. Relative to the low-stable group, membership in the three more pathological groups (i.e., moderate-stable, moderate-increasing, and high-decreasing) was predicted by a greater number of maltreatment allegations, more visits to a primary care physician for psychological issues, less perceived support by primary maternal caregiver, and lower rated popularity of the child. Implications for early identification of child maltreatment victims in primary health care settings was discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-379
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment
  • Growth mixture modeling
  • Longitudinal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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