Research has consistently found that child abuse and neglect (maltreatment) increases the risk of lower academic achievement and problematic school performance.
Child Victimization, Cognitive Functioning, and Academic Performance
Becker-Blease & DePrince (2005)
In Child Victimization: Maltreatment, Bullying and Dating Violence, Prevention and Intervention
Summarizes research about the factors that influence the relationship between victimization and cognitive functioning, specifically attention dysregulation.
Child Welfare, High School Graduation, and Economic Outcomes: Follow-up on the Economic Outcomes of Young Adults Who Had Substantiated Maltreatment Findings Prior to Their Senior Year of High School (PDF - 296 KB)
Examines wages and use of public assistance 2 years after high school graduation for young adults in Minnesota who experienced a substantiated maltreatment finding during adolescence. The report includes recommendations for schools and youth-serving agencies.
Exposure to Childhood Sexual and Physical Abuse and Subsequent Educational Achievement Outcomes
Bodena, Horwooda, & Fergusson
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 31(10), 2007
Follows a cohort over 25 years to determine the relationship between exposure to sexual and physical abuse and educational achievement outcomes. Results showed a significant relationship with maltreatment and not obtaining positive education outcomes.
A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Child Maltreatment on Later Outcomes Among High-Risk Adolescents
Tyler, Johnson, & Brownridge
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37(5), 2008
Examines the effects of child maltreatment and other factors on school engagement, well-being, delinquency, and other factors. Significant positive and negative relationships were found between many of the aspects.
Profiles of School Adaptation: Social, Behavioral and Academic Functioning in Sexually Abused Girls
Daignault & Hebert
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 33(2), 2009
Examines the short-term effects of sexual abuse on educational issues for girls.
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
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