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Child Maltreat. 2007 Feb;12(1):86-95.

Risk of death among children reported for nonfatal maltreatment.

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  • 1Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA.

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  • Child Maltreat. 2007 May;12(2):199.


This article presents analyses of longitudinal data to explore whether low-income children who survived a first incident of reported maltreatment were at higher risk of later childhood death compared to a matched comparison group of low-income children without reports of maltreatment (n = 7,433). Compared to the comparison group, children in the maltreatment group had about twice the risk of death before age 18 (0.51% vs. 0.27%). Among children with mal-treatment reports, median time from the first report to subsequent death was 9 months. The majority of deaths among children who were reported for maltreatment could be categorized as preventable (accidents or recurrent maltreatment) as compared to resulting from severe health conditions.

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