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The Use of Longitudinal Studies in Attempts to Understand the Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect

March 31, 2022

A few spots available for researchers and advanced students. Please contact Hanita Kosher: hanita.kosher@mail.huji.ac.il

Haruv USA offers an advanced research workshop on studying
abused and neglected children for researchers and advanced
students in the field with a leading expert on child maltreatment

March 31

9am -12pm CDT (on Zoom)

FREE CEUs available for social work

Workshop description: In the current research workshop Prof. Widom, one of the leading experts in the world in conducting prospective studies among abused and neglected children, will first talk about the value of longitudinal studies in general.  She will share her research experience and knowledge on how to conduct this kind of studies and describe important design characteristics and advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal studies that provide dilemmas and challenges to researchers.  In the second part of this workshop, Professor Widom will present some of the major findings from her longitudinal study on the long-term consequences of abused and neglected children, the first prospective study of documented cases of childhood physical and sexual abuse and neglect and a group of demographically matched non-maltreated children who have been followed up into middle adulthood. She will provide examples of surprising findings and comparisons of results using prospective longitudinal designs and cross-sectional studies based on retrospective self-reports. Participants will be given the opportunity to raise questions and receive feedback on their own research plans.

Lecturer: CATHY SPATZ WIDOM is a Distinguished Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a member of the Graduate Center faculty, City University of New York. She is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 41,43, and 37), American Psychopathological Association, American Society of Criminology, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She is a frequent consultant on national review panels and has been invited to testify before congressional and state committees and served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade (2013).  Widom has received numerous awards for her research, including the Stockholm Prize in Criminology (2016) and Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the Field of PTSD, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2019). She and her students and colleagues have published over 150 scholarly papers and book chapters on the long-term consequences of childhood abuse (physical and sexual) and neglect, including two articles in Science (1989 and 2015) on the cycle of violence and intergenerational transmission of child abuse and neglect.


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