ERIC Number: ED458495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Child Abuse and Depression in Iranian Students: An Empirical Investigation.
Mousavi, Mahnaz Nowroozi; Rogers, James R.
Child abuse and neglect (CA&N), as a social and psychological phenomenon, represents a major area of concern internationally. This study examined the prevalence and self-reported effects of CA&N in Iran through a descriptive investigation of high school students' experiences. A sample consisting of 2,240 high school students representing 5 geographical areas of Tehran completed the Child Abuse and Neglect Questionnaire and the short form of the Beck Depression Inventory. Preliminary analyses indicated that 24% of the sample was subjected to some form of physical abuse, while 34% reported past physical abuse experiences. Overall, 43% of the participants reported they had been battered at least once in their lives. The high rate of physical abuse was followed by emotional abuse (23%), neglect (15.5%), and sexual abuse (4.7%) in the sample. The results suggest that child abuse may be a significant social problem in Iran, but one that is not openly acknowledged as a function of the sociopolitical climate. (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Iran (Tehran)