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NCJ Number: 221555 Find in a Library
Title: 'Don't Grind an Egg Against a Stone'--Children's Rights and Violence in Cambodian History and Culture
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:16  Issue:6  Dated:November/December 2007  Pages:383-400
Author(s): Glenn Miles; Nigel Thomas
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examines some of the issues in promoting children's right to protection in Cambodian society, whose recent history features violence, conflict, and problematic adult-child relationships.
Abstract: Study findings suggest that abuse and maltreatment are daily experiences for many Cambodian children. This occurs in the context of a history and culture filled with armed conflict and violence inflicted by its own leaders and neighboring Vietnam. An interesting finding from the current research on children's attitudes toward being a victim of violence is their view that it is not acceptable for children to be beaten or bullied, much less to be raped or sold. Many of them had direct or indirect experiences of such maltreatment. The Cambodian Government could do much to address some of the violence currently experienced by children. This could be done through sanctions for corporal punishment in schools and the promotion of nonviolent discipline methods, the prosecution of parental cruelty to children, countermeasures for trafficking in children, and control of the prevalence of and exposure to video violence and pornography. Religious leaders can also do more to promote nonviolence and to emphasize traditional values of dignity, tolerance, and compassion. It is encouraging that Cambodia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on October 15, 1992; and the 1993 Cambodian Constitution refers to this convention. The current survey of Cambodian children involved an anonymous questionnaire administered to 1,314 children ages 12 to 15. This included approximately 50 children from each Province. Also, a series of seven focus groups were conducted with children in selected Provinces. 4 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Child Protection; Foreign criminal justice research; Rights of minors; Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Cambodian; Child protection laws; Child protection services; Collective violence; Cultural influences; Exposure to Violence; Psychological victimization effects
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