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Title: To unfold a hidden epidemic: Prevalence of child maltreatment and its health implications among high school students in Guangzhou, China
Authors: Wong, W.C.W.
Leung, P.W.S.
Lee, A.
Tang, C.S.K. 
Chen, W.-Q.
Ling, D.C.
Keywords: Child maltreatment
Physical health
Psychological health
Resilient factors
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Wong, W.C.W., Leung, P.W.S., Lee, A., Tang, C.S.K., Chen, W.-Q., Ling, D.C. (2009). To unfold a hidden epidemic: Prevalence of child maltreatment and its health implications among high school students in Guangzhou, China. Child Abuse and Neglect 33 (7) : 441-450. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objective: 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.
Source Title: Child Abuse and Neglect
ISSN: 01452134
DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.02.010
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