Profiles of Adaptation Among Child Victims of Suspected Maltreatment

Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, Laura E. Miller-Graff, Kathryn H. Howell, Caleb Figge

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This research seeks to identify profiles of adaptation among child victims of suspected maltreatment using a social-ecological framework. Data were drawn from the LONGSCAN multisite longitudinal study. Participants were 597 12-year-old children of diverse backgrounds (57% girls) with at least one Child Protective Services report of suspected maltreatment (M = 3.4 reports). Self-, caregiver-, and teacher-reports were collected to assess child competence, psychological and behavioral problems, and family and neighborhood characteristics. Latent Profile Analysis was used to classify individuals into empirically derived groups. The best-fitting model yielded five distinct profiles: consistent resilience; consistent maladaptation; posttraumatic stress problems; school maladaptation, family protection; and low socialization skills. Findings underscore the heterogeneity of child adaptation and reveal unique profiles of adaptation and contextual protection. Within-person variation in functioning suggests the need for comprehensive assessment across domains and contexts to address the clinical needs of maltreated youth.

Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (desde-hasta)840-847
Número de páginas8
PublicaciónJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
EstadoPublished - 2 nov 2017
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psicología educativa y evolutiva
  • Psicología clínica


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