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NCJ Number: 229020 Find in a Library
Title: Incidence, Type and Intensity of Abuse in Street Children in India
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:12  Dated:December 2009  Pages:907-913
Author(s): Meena Mathur; Prachi Rathore; Monika Mathur
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This cross-sectional survey examined the prevalence, type, and intensity of abuse of street children in Jaipur City, India.
Abstract: Street children reported experiences of abuse in all five areas examined: general abuse, health abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and psychological abuse. Larger numbers of children (61.8 percent) scored in the “moderate” category of abuse, and 36.6 percent of the children reported abuse in the “severe” and “very severe” categories of abuse intensity. The highest mean scores were obtained for the “verbal” and “psychological” types of abuse. Regarding health abuse and overall abuse, boys were significantly more abused than girls. There were significant positive correlations between abuse and the increasing age and income of the street children. The occurrence of multitypes of maltreatment and neglect in street children was clearly evident. Children identified as having experienced various “severe” and “very severe” types of abuse should be targeted for a follow-up study, with cooperation from governmental and nongovernmental agencies working in the field of child welfare. The study consisted of a purposive random sampling of 200 street children composed of an equal number of boys and girls selected from the streets of Jaipur City, India. The in-depth interview schedule included the five areas of abuse. Data were analyzed by using percentages, t-test, and correlations. 3 tables, 2 figures, and 52 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child Sexual Abuse; Foreign criminal justice research; India
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