Anna H. O. Saho; Early victims of maltreatment and their coping strategies during a seven-week clinical observation in a forensic youth center

The present study analyzes the association between early victims of child-maltreatment and their coping strategies during a seven-week clinical observation in a forensic youth center. Analysis of the obtained data, by using the FPJ-list, is based on 179 male participants, between the ages of 12 and 25 years old, who have been observed in forensic youth center Teylingereind. Coping is subcategorized in positive, avoidance and negative coping. Child-maltreatment is categorized in physical abuse, sexual abuse and witnessing intimate partner violence. Results show that there are no significant differences in the use of positive, negative and avoidance coping between maltreated and non-maltreated participants. There are, however, significant differences between the different maltreatment groups. Victims of physical abuse use more positive- than avoidance- or negative coping and more negative- than avoidance coping. Victims of sexual abuse and witnessing intimate partner violence use more positive- than avoidance- or negative coping. Most results are contrary to expectations and in contrast to the used previous literature.