Special Issue "Rethinking Child and Adolescent Multiple Victimization and Violence Prevention"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 1453

Special Issue Editors

1. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Praça 9 de Abril, 349, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal
2. Research Center on Child Studies (CIEC), University of Minho (UM), 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: victimization; victimology; interparental violence; intimate partner violence; domestic violence; child abuse and neglect; child rights
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UFP Energy, Environment and Health Research Unit (FP-ENAS), University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Praça 9 de Abril 349, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal
Interests: violence and victimization; social sciences; global health; environment and human health; environmental science; sustainability; information and communication technologies (ICTs); statistics and probability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The experience of violence by children and adolescents, whether in the family domain or in broader social contexts, such as school or community, has been amply demonstrated by international prevalence studies (Finkelhor et al., 2015). Such situations of child and juvenile victimization considered as Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) can affect the safety, stability, and attachment of children and adolescents (Lopes et al., 2021; National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2019) and negatively affect their physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioural well-being in all stages of its development (Higgins & McCabe, 2000), especially in the first years of life (UNICEF, 2017). Such adjustment problems are even more devastating when children and adolescents are subject to multiple victimization or polyvictimization (Ford & Delker, 2018; Sani et al., 2021a), due to possible exposure to several risk factors, with a strong and cumulative impact (Elliott et al, 2019; Felitti et al., 1998). Studies that contribute to the improvement of the etiology, prevalence, and impacts of multiple victimization in children and adolescents are of particular importance for the development of preventive strategies by professionals in the various support services (Sani et al., 2020). The protection of children and adolescents and the promotion of their rights largely stem from the evidence of research and intervention focused on the child, their needs and strengths, in accordance with an ecological and resilience approach. Accordingly, the articles in this Special Issue should focus on children and/or adolescents experiencing violence; discuss multiple victimization in offline and/or online contexts (Sani et al., 2021b); and contribute to the understanding of the causes of the violence phenomenon, its impact on child and adolescent development, as well as on focusing the promotion of child rights and protection and the prevention of violence. Articles must be based on rigorous studies that may include literature reviews, meta-analyses, quantitative and/or qualitative research, prevalence studies, comparative studies, or clinical or interventional evidence in scientific areas of children and adolescents' studies. 

Prof. Dr. Ana Isabel Sani
Prof. Dr. Maria Alzira Pimenta Dinis
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Elliott, A. N., Faires, A., Turk, R. K., Wagner, L. C., Pomeroy, B. M., Pierce, T. W., & Aspelmeier, J. E. (2019). Polyvictimization, Psychological Distress, and Trauma Symptoms in College Men and Women. Journal of College Counseling, 22(2), 138-151. https://doi.org/10.1002/jocc.12126
Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D. F., Spitz, A. M., Edwards, V., Koss, M. P., & Marks, J. S. (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults – The adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study. American Journal Preventive Medicine, 14(4), 245-258. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0749-3797(98)00017-8
Finkelhor, D., Turner, H. A., Shattuck, A., & Hamby, S. L. (2015). Prevalence of childhood exposure to violence, crime, and abuse: Results from the National Survey of Children’s exposure to violence. JAMA Pediatrics, 169(8), 746–754. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0676
Ford, J., D. & Delker, B. C. (2018). Polyvictimization in childhood and its adverse impacts across the lifespan: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 19(3), 275-288. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299732.2018.1440479
Higgins, D. J., & McCabe, M. P. (2000a). Multi-type maltreatment and the long-term adjustment of adults. Child Abuse Review, 9, 6-18. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-0852(200001/02)9:1<6::AID-CAR579>3.0.CO;2-W
Lopes, A. I., Leal, J., & Sani, A. (2021). Parental mental health problems and the risk of child maltreatment: The potential role of psychotherapy, Societies, 11(3), 108; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11030108
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2019). Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence. Division of Violence Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/preventingACES.pdf
Sani, A. I., Bastos, D., & Dinis, M. A. (2020). Multiple victimization of children and adolescents: developmental impact and psychological intervention. In M. L. Knudsen (Ed.), Victims of Violence: Support, Challenges and Outcomes (pp. 251-278). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Sani, A. I., Bastos, D., & Dinis, M. A. (2021a). Child and Adolescent Multiple Victimization and/or Polyvictimization: A Portuguese Comparative Study. Societies, 11(4), 1-11, Article 120. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11040120
Sani, A. I., Vieira, A. P., & Dinis, M. A. P. (2021b). Social networks, the internet, and risks: Portuguese parents' perception of online grooming. Avaliação Psicológica, 20(4), 486-494. http://dx.doi.org/10.15689/ap.2021.2004.22001.10 http://pepsic.bvsalud.org/pdf/avp/v20n4/11.pdf
UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund (2017). A familiar face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents. UNICEF https://www.unicef.de/blob/152356/b1c11747e12a2310f4136513ec28619a/a-familiar-face--violence-in-the-lives-of-children-and-adolescents-data.pdf

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  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • child abuse and neglected
  • child rights
  • cybercrime
  • direct or vicarious violence
  • domestic violence
  • exposure to interparental violence
  • multiple victimization
  • online victimization
  • polyvictimization
  • prevention
  • protection
  • resilience
  • violence against child or adolescent

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Dating Conflict-Resolution Tactics and Exposure to Family Violence: University Students’ Experiences
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(4), 209; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12040209 - 04 Apr 2023
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An increasing prevalence of abusive dynamics in intimate relationships among young people has been reported in recent data. The purposes of this study are to outline the conflict-resolution strategies used in dating relationships, to describe the exposure to violent dynamics in the family [...] Read more.
An increasing prevalence of abusive dynamics in intimate relationships among young people has been reported in recent data. The purposes of this study are to outline the conflict-resolution strategies used in dating relationships, to describe the exposure to violent dynamics in the family of origin, and to analyse the correlation between conflict-resolution tactics in dating and exposure to family violence. This quantitative/cross-sectional study, using self-report instruments (sociodemographic questionnaire; revised conflict tactics scales; children’s natural family environment signalling scale), involved 247 university students (mean age = 21.07; SD = 2.07). The results revealed a high prevalence in the use of abusive conflict-resolution tactics and exposure to family violence. Positive and significant correlations between these two variables were also found. These results raise the possibility of the transgenerational transmission of abusive dynamics and multiple victimisation and signal the need for action (prevention and intervention) on beliefs and expectations that young people have about marital relationships. Full article
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