Prevalence and characteristics of child physical abuse in Sweden - findings from a population-based youth survey
2010 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 99, no 8, 1229-1236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim: To examine prevalence rates of child physical abuse perpetrated by a parent/caretaker, abuse characteristics and the extent of disclosures. Methods: A population-based survey was carried out in 2008 amongst all the pupils in three different grades (n = 8494) in schools in Sodermanland County, Sweden. The pupils were asked about their exposure to violence and their experiences of parental intimate-partner violence. Data were analysed with bi- and multivariate models and a comparison between means of accumulating risk factors between three groups were performed. Results: A total of 15.2% of the children reported that they had been hit. There were strong associations between abuse and risk factors and there was a dose-response relationship between risks and reported abuse. It was shown that children who reported parental intimate-partner violence were at a considerably higher risk for abuse than other children and that only 7% of the children exposed to violence had disclosed this to authorities. Conclusion: Even though child abuse in Sweden has decreased markedly during the last 40 years, violence against children is still a considerable problem. It is a challenge to develop methods of assessment and interventions that will ensure that the violence and its underlying causes are directly addressed.
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Blackwell Publishing Ltd , 2010. Vol. 99, no 8, 1229-1236 p.
Child physical abuse; Prevalence; Risk factors; Parental intimate-partner violence; Sweden
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58283DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.01792.xISI: 000279438000024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-58283DiVA: diva2:337917