UW News

Hyunzee Jung


January 28, 2015

Child maltreatment not a clear path to adult crime

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Research has found a significant link between childhood abuse and neglect and crime in adulthood. But a recent University of Washington study finds that link all but disappears when accounting for other life factors. “We find that children who were involved in child welfare services are at high risk of adult crimes, but once we…