This study will examine abused girls and their likelihood of developing problems that negatively affect their transition into adulthood.
Based on findings from 14 years of research conducted by Jennie Noll, abused girls develop problems likely to impair their transition into adulthood. Problems are organized into three broad domains of development: (1) physical/motor, such as chronic physiological/biological conditions, illnesses, and somatic complaints (e.g., aches), but excluding acute injuries (e.g., bruises); (2) social/emotional, such as internalized (e.g., anxiety, depression) and externalized (e.g., aggression, delinquency) qualities of personality, psychopathology, social deviance, and problems with social relationships; and (3) cognitive/academic, including cognitive abilities, school adjustment and achievement, and assessment of learning problems. Continuing assessment will enable researchers to examine how these patterns of adaptation and maladaptation play out during young adulthood. The effects of childhood abuse on parenting will also be studied.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development