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It should not hurt to be a child

22-06-2012

Thesis Marije Stoltenborgh: It should not hurt to be a child : prevalence of child maltreatment across the globe. Universiteit Leiden.

This thesis describes, combines and compares results of a series of meta-analyses on the prevalence of child sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and of physical and emotional neglect, including 244 publications and 577 prevalence rates for the various types of maltreatment.
Child maltreatment research seems to be dominated by research on sexual abuse, by studies in developed parts of the world, and by research using self-report measures.
The overall estimated prevalence rates for self-report studies were 127/1,000 for sexual abuse (76/1,000 among boys and 180/1,000 among girls), 226/1,000 for physical abuse, 363/1,000 for emotional abuse, 163/1,000 for physical neglect, and 184/1,000 for emotional neglect.
The overall estimated prevalence rates for studies using informants were 4/1,000 for sexual abuse and 3/1,000 for physical and for emotional abuse.
Design and sample characteristics partly explained variation of self-reported prevalence rates.

Conclusion: child maltreatment is a widespread, global phenomenon affecting the lives of millions of children all over the world, which is in sharp contrast with the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

(Description publication from Leide University Repository) (pdf, 490 Kb)
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externe linkSummary in Dutch (pdf, 500 KB)


Stoltenborgh, M. (2012). It should not hurt to be a child : prevalence of child maltreatment across the globe (Doctoral thesis). Leiden: Department of Child and Family Studies, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University.


Journal article

Outcomes are also published in an externe linkarticle in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (July 15, 2012)
Stoltenborgh, M., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., & van IJzendoorn, M. (2012). The neglect of child neglect: a meta-analytic review of the prevalence of neglect. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Url: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-012-0549-y. Doi: 10.1007/s00127-012-0549-y.