Sarah Clark 
Center for Gender Studies Conference Presentation ~ 2008
Childhood maltreatment, Poly-victimization, and Psychological Distress
By: Ms. Sarah F. Clark and Dr. Ann N. Elliott
Abstract. This paper will report results from a study involving approximately 300 female undergraduates attending a southeastern U.S. university. The study examined the relationship between a history of childhood victimization, current psychological health, and exposure to high levels of multiple types of victimization (i.e., poly-victimization) prior to the age of 17. Data will be presented concerning whether female college students who were victimized as children differ from non-victimized students in terms of current psychological health. The study also examined the contribution of poly-victimization versus individual types of childhood victimization as predictors of psychological distress.
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