The evolving evidence base for child protection in Chinese societies

Dunne, Michael P., Chen, Jing Qi, & Choo, Wan Yuen (2008) The evolving evidence base for child protection in Chinese societies. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 20(4), 267 -276.

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Child maltreatment is a substantial public health problem worldwide. Although extensively studied in Western countries, until recently little systematic research had been published about the situation in the world's most populous nation and ethnic diaspora. In this review, we examine trends from community-based research with Chinese young people and parents in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is clear that many Chinese adolescents experience a substantial burden from various forms of maltreatment and the psychological and behavioral correlates are similar to those found in other cultures. However, the research reveals a large gap between this reality and Chinese adults' perceptions about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Comprehensive awareness programs are needed to close this information gap and thereby mobilize support for prevention and care initiatives.

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ID Code: 19106
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Child safety - China, Child protection - China
DOI: 10.1177/1010539508325047
ISSN: 1010-5395
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Community Child Health (111704)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Sage Science Press (US)
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2009 00:39
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015 04:22

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