David Finkelhor

Professor
Master in Public Policy Faculty
Senior Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-2761
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 125D, Durham, NH 03824
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I am the Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, at the University of New Hampshire. I have been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. I am well known for my conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). I have also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In my recent work, for example, my book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), I tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field I have termed Developmental Victimology. This book received the Daniel Schneider Child Welfare Book of the Year award in 2009. Altogether, I am editor and author of 12 books and over 250 journal articles and book chapters. I have received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, I was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, in 2004 I was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, in 2005 I and my colleagues received the Child Maltreatment Article of the Year award, in 2007 I was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, in 2010 I was awarded a University Professorship at the University of New Hampshire and in 2014 I was awarded the National Scientific Impact Award from the Kemp Center.

David Finkelhor is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, at the University of New Hampshire. He is Master in Public Policy facult and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy. David has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. This book received the Daniel Schneider Child Welfare Book of the Year award in 2009. All together he is editor and author of 12 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, in 2005 he and his colleagues received the Child Maltreatment Article of the Year award, and in 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.Ed., Sociology, Harvard University
  • B.A., Social Sciences, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Applied Sociology
  • At-Risk Children/Youth
  • Child Abuse/Neglect
  • Child/Youth Health Services
  • Children - Services For
  • Children (Patients)
  • Children/Youth
  • Emotional/Mental Health--Child/Adolescent
  • Infant / Child Mortality
  • Internet Safety
  • Psychology/Abused Children
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Victimization/Compensation

Courses Taught

  • JUST 602: Research Internship
  • SOC 525: Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
  • SOC 773: Childhood and Social Policy
  • SOC 792: Internship Independent Study
  • SOC 995: Reading and Research

Selected Publications

van Berkel, S. R., Tucker, C. J., & Finkelhor, D. (2018). The Combination of Sibling Victimization and Parental Child Maltreatment on Mental Health Problems and Delinquency. Child Maltreatment, 23(3), 244-253. doi:10.1177/1077559517751670

Turner, H. A., Finkelhor, D., & Henly, M. (2018). Exposure to Family and Friend Homicide in a Nationally Representative Sample of Youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 088626051878720. doi:10.1177/0886260518787200

Gewirtz-Meydan, A., Walsh, W., Wolak, J., & Finkelhor, D. (2018). The complex experience of child pornography survivors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 80, 238-248. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.03.031

Merrick, M. T., Henly, M., Turner, H. A., David-Ferdon, C., Hamby, S., Kacha-Ochana, A., . . . Finkelhor, D. (2018). Beyond residential mobility: A broader conceptualization of instability and its impact on victimization risk among children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 485-494. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.01.029

Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., Walsh, W., & Treitman, L. (2018). Sextortion of Minors: Characteristics and Dynamics. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(1), 72-79. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.014

Straus, M. A., Hamby, S. L., Finkelhor, D., Moore, D. W., & Runyan, D. (1998). Identification of Child Maltreatment With the Parent-Child Conflict Tactics Scales: Development and Psychometric Data for a National Sample of American Parents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 22(4), 249-270. doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(97)00174-9

Kendall-Tackett, K. A., Williams, L. M., & Finkelhor, D. (1993). Impact of sexual abuse on children: A review and synthesis of recent empirical studies.. Psychological Bulletin, 113(1), 164-180. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.113.1.164

Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I. A., & Smith, C. (1990). Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: Prevalence, characteristics, and risk factors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 14(1), 19-28. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(90)90077-7

Browne, A., & Finkelhor, D. (1986). Impact of child sexual abuse: A review of the research.. Psychological Bulletin, 99(1), 66-77. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.99.1.66

Finkelhor, D., & Browne, A. (1985). The traumatic impact of child sexual abuse: A conceptualization.. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 55(4), 530-541. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.1985.tb02703.x

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