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Article: To unfold a hidden epidemic: Prevalence of child maltreatment and its health implications among high school students in Guangzhou, China

TitleTo unfold a hidden epidemic: Prevalence of child maltreatment and its health implications among high school students in Guangzhou, China
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/chiabuneg
Citation
Child Abuse And Neglect, 2009, v. 33 n. 7, p. 441-450 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: This study investigated the prevalence of child maltreatment as perpetrated by parents, its associated health outcomes, and its resilient factors among high school students in China. Methods: A multi-level stratified random school-based survey was conducted in 2005. Twenty four high schools were randomly chosen from eight districts in Guangzhou, South China (three from each district). Two classes were randomly selected from each of Form 1 to Form 3 (aged 12-16) in each selected school. Data from 6,593 students were analyzed. A number of locally validated tools were used to measure various types of maltreatment as well as physical and psychological conditions of students. Results: The half-year prevalence of psychological aggression, minor physical maltreatment, severe physical maltreatment, and very severe physical maltreatment were 78.3%, 23.2%, 15.1%, and 2.8% respectively; while the half-year prevalence of sexual abuse was .6%. Maltreated students were more likely to report physical and psychological problems, and a positive relationship was also found between the severity of maltreatment and the likelihood of negative health outcomes. Male gender or having higher levels of social support and life satisfaction were identified as resilient factors to physical health of maltreated students. Conclusions: Child maltreatment as perpetrated by parents is common among high school students in Guangzhou, China. More public education programs are needed to raise public awareness of this problem. Intervention programs that target at improving social support and life satisfaction of students are potentially beneficial. © 2009.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/168681
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.397
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.343
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dc.contributor.authorWong, WCWen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, PWSen_US
dc.contributor.authorTang, CSKen_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, WQen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorLing, DCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-08T03:29:00Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-08T03:29:00Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.citationChild Abuse And Neglect, 2009, v. 33 n. 7, p. 441-450en_US
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dc.description.abstractObjective: This study investigated the prevalence of child maltreatment as perpetrated by parents, its associated health outcomes, and its resilient factors among high school students in China. Methods: A multi-level stratified random school-based survey was conducted in 2005. Twenty four high schools were randomly chosen from eight districts in Guangzhou, South China (three from each district). Two classes were randomly selected from each of Form 1 to Form 3 (aged 12-16) in each selected school. Data from 6,593 students were analyzed. A number of locally validated tools were used to measure various types of maltreatment as well as physical and psychological conditions of students. Results: The half-year prevalence of psychological aggression, minor physical maltreatment, severe physical maltreatment, and very severe physical maltreatment were 78.3%, 23.2%, 15.1%, and 2.8% respectively; while the half-year prevalence of sexual abuse was .6%. Maltreated students were more likely to report physical and psychological problems, and a positive relationship was also found between the severity of maltreatment and the likelihood of negative health outcomes. Male gender or having higher levels of social support and life satisfaction were identified as resilient factors to physical health of maltreated students. Conclusions: Child maltreatment as perpetrated by parents is common among high school students in Guangzhou, China. More public education programs are needed to raise public awareness of this problem. Intervention programs that target at improving social support and life satisfaction of students are potentially beneficial. © 2009.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/chiabunegen_US
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dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
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dc.subject.meshChild Abuse - Psychology - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshChinaen_US
dc.subject.meshData Collectionen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Statusen_US
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dc.subject.meshParent-Child Relationsen_US
dc.subject.meshPrevalenceen_US
dc.titleTo unfold a hidden epidemic: Prevalence of child maltreatment and its health implications among high school students in Guangzhou, Chinaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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