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Abuse Type and Its Effect on Adolescents in Residential Treatment: A Literature Review

9 July 2010


This review addresses the influence of abuse type on the emotional and behavioral issues of adolescents who receive treatment in a residential or inpatient setting. The types of abuse examined include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The impact of abuse on the adolescents is discussed in the following categories: conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, psychosis, substance use, sexuality, aggression, social, school, and sleep. Additional abuse characteristics, including ethnicity, household characteristics, relationship with and number of abusers, time and frequency factors, number of abuse experiences, and severity, were considered. The findings of the review indicate that each form of abuse has different significant effects on adolescents in residential treatment centers.


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