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Frequency of childhood abuse in university students

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Author(s): Cem Zeren | Erhan Yengil | Adnan Çelikel | Ayşegül Arık | Mustafa Arslan

Journal: Dicle Medical Journal
ISSN 1300-2945

Volume: 39;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 536;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Childhood | university student | sexual abuse

ABSTRACT
Objectives: Child abuse or bad behaviors against childrenis a social, medical problem and is old as the historyof humanity. The analysis of the frequency of childhoodabuse in university students and the comparison of thefactors related with abuse were aimed in this study.Materials and methods: A questionnaire of social anddemographic features and Childhood Trauma Questionnairewhich is valid and reliable in Turkey were used inthis study.Results: The questionnaires were performed to 150students and 60 % of them were female. The mean agewas 19.04±1.28 (17-26 years). The emotional (p=0.025),physical (p=0.004) and sexual (p=0.001) abuse of malestudents were significantly higher than female students.The emotional (p=0.009) and total (p=0.026) abuse ofstudents who had families with lower income levels weresignificantly high. Also the frequency of emotional abusein students with divorced parents was significantly increased(p=0.012).Conclusions: Since child abuse and neglect may beassociated with the stresses of family life, the economicand social stresses of family should be determined andsolution advices to these should be developed. A multidisciplinarymanagement is required to detect, treat andrehabilitate the childhood abuse.Key words: Childhood, university student, sexual abuse
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