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The burden of child maltreatment in China: a systematic review

Fang, Xiangming ; Fry, Deborah ; Ji, Kai ; Finkelhor, David ; Chen, Jingqi ; Lannen, Patricia ; Dunne, Michael

World Health Organization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Mar 2015, Vol.93(3), pp.176-185C [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The burden of child maltreatment in China: a systematic review
  • Author/Creator: Fang, Xiangming ; Fry, Deborah ; Ji, Kai ; Finkelhor, David ; Chen, Jingqi ; Lannen, Patricia ; Dunne, Michael
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: China ; Studies ; Child Abuse & Neglect ; Violence ; Medical Research ; Sex Crimes
  • Is Part Of: World Health Organization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Mar 2015, Vol.93(3), pp.176-185C
  • Description: This paper aims to estimate the health and economic burdens of child maltreatment in China. The authors did a systematic review for studies on child maltreatment in China using PubMed, Embase, PsycInfo, CINAHL-EBSCO, ERIC and the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases. They did meta-analyses of studies that met inclusion criteria to estimate the prevalence of child neglect and child physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They used data from the 2010 global burden of disease estimates to calculate disability-adjusted life-years (DALY) lost as a result of child maltreatment. From 68 studies they estimated that 26.6% of children under 18 years of age have suffered physical abuse, 19.6% emotional abuse, 8.7% sexual abuse and 26.0% neglect. They estimate that emotional abuse in childhood accounts for 26.3% of the DALYs lost because of mental disorders and 18.0% of those lost because of self-harm. Physical abuse in childhood accounts for 12.2% of DALYs lost because of depression.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00429686 ; E-ISSN: 15640604 ; DOI: 10.2471/BLT.14.140970