During the past 20 years, a major focus of the work by Finkelhor and various coauthors has been to quantify the problem of childhood/adolescent victimization by asking older children and adolescents about their experiences of violence and parents about their children's experiences of violence. This work has consistently offered a look at the wide discrepancies between the numbers of investigated cases of violence toward children and adolescents and the episodes of past exposure to violence they have reported. In the current issue of the Archives, Finkelhor et al1 offer welcome news about increasing awareness by authorities of cases of childhood/adolescent victimization over time.
Asnes AG, Leventhal JM. Connecting the Dots in Childhood and Adolescent Trauma. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(1):87-89. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.241