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Childhood poly-victimization and children's health: A nationally representative study.

Feng, J-Y, Hsieh, Y-P, Hwa, H-L, Huang, C. Y., Wei, H. S. and Shen, A. C-T, 2019. Childhood poly-victimization and children's health: A nationally representative study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 91 (May), 88-94.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.02.013

Abstract

Background Although research on the negative effects of childhood poly-victimization is substantial, few studies have examined the relationship between poly-victimization and younger children’s physical health and diseases. Objective This study examines the associations between poly-victimization and children’s health problems requiring medical attention. Methods A national stratified cluster random sampling was used to select and approach 25% of the total primary schools in Taiwan, and 49% of the approached schools agreed to participate in this study. We collected data with a self-report questionnaire from 6233 (4th-grade) students aged 10–11, covering every city and county in Taiwan. Results Logistic regression analyses demonstrate a significant dose-response relationship between children’s poly-victimization exposure and their health problems including hospitalization, serious injury, surgery, daily-medication requirements, heart murmurs, asthma, dizziness or fainting, allergies, kidney disease, therapies for special needs, smoking, and alcohol use. The results indicate that children’s risk of having a health problem grew significantly with each increase in the number of victimization types that children experienced. Conclusions These research findings underscore the effect of poly-victimization on children’s health problems requiring medical attention, and stress the need for both proper screening methods for children’s exposure to poly-victimization and stronger awareness of poly-victimization’s effects on health conditions in healthcare clinics.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0145-2134
Uncontrolled Keywords:Childhood victimization; Poly-victimization; Adverse childhood experiences; Pediatric health outcome; Health
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:32101
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 16:39
Last Modified:28 Mar 2019 15:58

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