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NCJ Number: 235997 Find in a Library
Title: Violence Experiences in Care: Some Methodological Remarks based on the Finnish Child Victim Survey
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:20  Issue:3  Dated:May - June 2011  Pages:197-212
Author(s): Noora Ellonen; Tarja Poso
Date Published: May 2011
Page Count: 16
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The article examines violence experienced by children in substitute care and at home.
Abstract: The article examines violence experienced by children in substitute care and at home based on the survey results of the Finnish Child Victim Survey carried out in schools in 2008. The focus is on physical and psychological violence in conflict situations. Of the 13 459 respondents, pupils between 12 and 16 years of age, 233 children reported living in care or having lived in care. Children living in care were asked the same questions as children living at home about violence experienced by their care-taking adults. The analysis compares the answers between those two groups and examines them in relation to information about children's psychosocial problems and measures of emotional wellbeing. According to the study, children report more physical and psychological violence by adults in their homes than children do in residential homes or foster homes. Substitute care is not, however, free of violence. Children with psychosocial problems experienced more violence at home than in substitute care. The article suggests a more thorough conceptual and methodological analysis of abuse in care. The conceptual and methodological tools employed should be sensitive to the particular nature of abuse in care and the studies should pay attention to a variety of forms and practices of violence. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Home environment; Residential child care institutions; Victimization surveys; Victims of violent crime
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