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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY   Summer 2003 , Volume 9 , Number 1 (33); Page(s) 62 To 70.
 
Paper: 

PREVALENCE OF CHILD ABUSE IN KHORRAMABAD SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 
 
Author(s):  NAMDARI P.*
 
* Lorestan University of Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Community Medicine Dept., Khorramabad, Iran
 
Abstract: 

Objectives: This research was conducted to show the prevalence of child abuse in the secondary school students in the town of Khorramabad. The effective factors were also determined.
Method: 240 students (117 girls, 123 boys) in the first, second, and third grades of secondary schools were selected randomly as the subjects of this cross-sectional and descriptive study. Child Abuse and Neglect Questionnaire were used as the main instrument. The findings were analyzed and interpreted by descriptive statistics and c2.
Findings: The most prevalent abuse was related to that of emotional abuse implicated respectively by the fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers in both boys and girls (91.6%). By and large (58.2%), parents and brothers physically abused the children. 38 subjects, all girls (32.5%) reported to having been sexually abused. A significant correlation was indicated between emotional and physical abuse with family financial status, birth order, mental ill-ness and illicit drug addiction of family members and family social interactions. There was no significant correlation between the age of parents with physical and emotional abuse. Furthermore, no significant correlation was noted between the parents’ occupation and level of education with emotional abuse.
Results: Child abuse is prevalent and it is mostly implicated by the parents.

 
Keyword(s): PHYSICAL ABUSE, EMOTIONAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ABUSE, STUDENTS, NEGLECT, EPIDEMIOLOGY, CHILDREN
 
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