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Impact of the Court Process on Sexually Abused Children in North Carolina, 1983-1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and clinical data
  • Runyan, Desmond K.
  • Everson, Mark D.
  • Hunter, Wanda M.
  • King, Nancy M.P.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
child abuse; children; criminal justice system; intervention; judicial process; mental health; psychological evaluation; sexual abuse; victims
  • Abstract

    This data collection examines the psychological impact of judicial processes on child sexual abuse victims. More specifically, it provides information on how sexual abuse and the subsequent judicial processes affect the mental health functioning of child victims by assessing the impact of (1) additional harm to victims from out-of-home placement, (2) criminal prosecution of the offender/family member, (3) subject testimony in juvenile or criminal court, and (4) family and professional support for the children. Children were enrolled in the study at the time that social services personnel substantiated claims of sexual abuse, and they were followed for a period of 18 months. Assessments of the mental health functioning of the children were made at the time of initial investigation, five months later, and 18 months later, using a combination of self-reports, parent and teacher reports, and psychological tests. After obtaining informed consent from the parent or guardian, each child was interviewed using a structured psychiatric inventory. The specific impacts of the various judicial processes or interventions under study were examined through comparisons of subgroups of the sample that did and did not experience particular interventions. The interventions included social services investigation, court process, foster placement, and psychological therapy. Other information in the file includes the type of sexual abuse experienced, judicial interventions the child experienced, and the child's level of depression, anxiety, and social adjustment. Demographic variables include age, sex, and race.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Data File
    • DS2: SAS Control Cards
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-12 / 1986-06
    Time period: 1983-12--1986-06
  • 1983-12 / 1986-06
    Collection date: 1983-12--1986-06
Geographic Coverage
  • North Carolina
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse 6 to 17 years old in North Carolina for whom substantiated claims with social services agencies were registered.
Referrals from county social service agencies.
Collection Mode
  • Initial data covered 100 respondents but complete 18-month data exist on only 62 subjects. Respondents who dropped out might not be comparable to those who remained in the study.

Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (85-IJ-CX-0066).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9985 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09985.v1
  • Hunter, Wanda M., Coulter, Martha L., Runyan, Desmond K., Everson, Mark D.. Determinants of placement for sexually abused children. Child Abuse and Neglect.14, (3), 407-417.1990.
    • ID: 10.1016/0145-2134(90)90012-I (DOI)
  • Everson, M.D., Hunter, W.M., Runyan, D.K., Edelsohn, G.A., Coulter, M.L.. Maternal support following disclosure of incest. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.59, (2), 197-207.1989.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb01651.x (DOI)
  • King, Nancy M.P., Hunter, Wanda M., Runyan, Desmond K.. Going to court: The experience of child victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.13, (4), 705-721.1988.
    • ID: 10.1215/03616878-13-4-705 (DOI)
  • Runyan, Desmond K., Everson, Mark D., Edelsohn, Gail A., Hunter, Wanda M., Coulter, Martha L.. Impact of legal intervention on sexually abused children. Journal of Pediatrics.113, (4), 647-653.1988.
    • ID: 10.1016/S0022-3476(88)80373-1 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Runyan, Desmond K.; Everson, Mark D.; Hunter, Wanda M.; King, Nancy M.P. (1993): Impact of the Court Process on Sexually Abused Children in North Carolina, 1983-1986. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.