This book provides an overview of the core research and theory on polyvictimization – exposure to multiple types of victimization that may have negative and potentially lifelong biopsychosocial impacts.

The contributors to the volume address such topics as measurement issues in how polyvictimization should be assessed and measured; developmental risks of early childhood polyvictimization for maltreated children in foster care; gender differences in polyvictimization and its consequences among juvenile justice-involved youth; the importance of trauma-focused treatment for polyvictimized youth in the juvenile justice system; and the nature of polyvictimization in the internet era.

Suited to readers who are new to the topic including graduate and undergraduate students, as well as researchers and clinicians who want a concise update on the latest empirical research from the frontiers of this field, this book provides findings and methodological innovations of interest to researchers and human service professionals. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

chapter |14 pages


Polyvictimization in childhood and its adverse impacts across the lifespan

chapter 4|15 pages

Testing gender-differentiated models of the mechanisms linking polyvictimization and youth offending

Numbing and callousness versus dissociation and borderline traits

chapter 5|24 pages

When stress becomes the new normal

Alterations in attention and autonomic reactivity in repeated traumatization

chapter 6|17 pages

Digital poly-victimization

The increasing importance of online crime and harassment to the burden of victimization