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Family Violence (FV) and Other Potentially Traumatic Experiences (IPE) among Nine to Seventeen-year-Old Children Attending a Child Mental Health Clinic (CAMH)

Conference contribution
Authors Ole Hultmann
Published in viktimologisk forskarkonferens
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Applied Psychology


The purpose of this study was to compare children attending CAMH who had been exposed to FV, and/or IPE, with children reporting no such experiences. Using an adapted version of the Life Incidence of Traumatic Events questionnaire (LITE), 308 consecutively enrolled nine to seventeen-year-old patients were routinely asked about their experiences of FV and IPE. Data on psychiatric symptoms, impairment, diagnoses and global assessment functioning were collected. Experiences of interpersonal violence were reported by 77 percent of the patients: FV and IPE (33 %), FV only (15 %), IPE only (27 %), no such experiences (25 %). Further data analyses will address whether those who have been exposed to FV and/or IPE: • report more mental health problems • receive different diagnoses and/or more often suffer from psychiatric comorbidity • differ regarding gender age, migration, habitation, custody arrangements, reason or origin of referral compared to non-exposed patients . We recommend that staff in CAMHs routinely ask about experiences of FV and IPE. Given the magnitude of the problem and its importance for correct case management, there is a need for more studies on exposure to FV and IPE in CAMH and its relation to psychiatric symptomatology.

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