Prevalence of Child Maltreatment in Israel: A National Epidemiological Study

Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Zvi Eisikovits, Maya First, Ruth Gottfried, David Mehlhausen

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Abstract

The current study is based on data collected from Jewish and Arab 6th, 8th and 10th grade students (age range 12-17) within the Israeli national school system (N = 12,035). Data collection for the study utilized two complementary instruments: the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) and the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire (JVQ). Study results revealed that the lifetime prevalence of child maltreatment in contemporary Israeli society is within the range of estimates from other countries. However, contrary to others, Israeli boys reported higher rates of abuse, including sexual abuse, compared to girls. Additionally, Arab compared to Jewish children and youth reported higher rates of all types of abuse. The need for widely accepted, uniform definitions of the various child maltreatment types, a standardized methodology of data collection, and regularly updated national and international data bases is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Israel
  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse

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