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Prevalence and characteristics of child physical abuse in Sweden: findings from a population-based youth survey
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm , Centrum för klinisk forskning i D län (CKFD).
2010 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 99, no 8, 1229-1236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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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2010. Vol. 99, no 8, 1229-1236 p.
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Child physical abuse, Prevalence, Risk factors, Parental intimate-partner violence, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147210DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.01792.xISI: 000279438000024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147210DiVA: diva2:400166
Available from: 2011-02-24 Created: 2011-02-24 Last updated: 2011-02-24Bibliographically approved

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