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Limitations of review findings

This was a Rapid Systematic Review and thus was limited to studies of  self-reported features by adolescents. There is clearly a large body of evidence relating to observations by others of the young peoples’ behaviour which were not analysed in this review


There were few comparative studies with non-maltreated peers


All of the studies that met our criteria were from North America and thus results may not be generalisable to other populations


Although we sought to include only those adolescents who were currently experiencing neglect or emotional maltreatment, for many this may have been a continuation of maltreatment in earlier childhood


Unfortunately, the authors chose to use a wide variety of tools, often modified for the purpose of the study, or used new un-validated tools, thus precluding a meta-analysis


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