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Improving measurement of child abuse and neglect: a systematic review and analysis of national prevalence studies

Improving measurement of child abuse and neglect: a systematic review and analysis of national prevalence studies

Mathews, Ben, Pacella, Rosana ORCID: 0000-0002-9742-1957, Dunne, Michael P., Simunovic, Marko and Marston, Cicely (2020) Improving measurement of child abuse and neglect: a systematic review and analysis of national prevalence studies. PLoS ONE, 15 (1):e0227884. ISSN 1932-6203 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227884)

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Abstract

Child maltreatment through physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence, causes substantial adverse health, educational and behavioural consequences through the lifespan. The generation of reliable data on the prevalence and characteristics of child maltreatment in nationwide populations is essential to plan and evaluate public health interventions to reduce maltreatment. Measurement of child maltreatment must overcome numerous methodological challenges. Little is known to date about the extent, nature and methodological quality of these national studies. This study aimed to systematically review the most comprehensive national studies of the prevalence of child maltreatment, and critically appraise their methodologies to help inform the design of future studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child maltreatment, child abuse, prevalence, national
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 12:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26856

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