Childhood poly-victimization and children's health: A nationally representative study

Jui-Ying Feng, Yi Ping Hsieh, Hsiao Lin Hwa, Ching Yu Huang, Hsi Sheng Wei, April Chiung Tao Shen

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Background: Although research on the negative effects of childhood poly-victimization is substantial, few studies have examined the relationship between poly-victimization and younger children's physical health and diseases. Objective: This study examines the associations between poly-victimization and children's health problems requiring medical attention. Methods: A national stratified cluster random sampling was used to select and approach 25% of the total primary schools in Taiwan, and 49% of the approached schools agreed to participate in this study. We collected data with a self-report questionnaire from 6233 (4th-grade) students aged 10–11, covering every city and county in Taiwan. Results: Logistic regression analyses demonstrate a significant dose-response relationship between children's poly-victimization exposure and their health problems including hospitalization, serious injury, surgery, daily-medication requirements, heart murmurs, asthma, dizziness or fainting, allergies, kidney disease, therapies for special needs, smoking, and alcohol use. The results indicate that children's risk of having a health problem grew significantly with each increase in the number of victimization types that children experienced. Conclusions: These research findings underscore the effect of poly-victimization on children's health problems requiring medical attention, and stress the need for both proper screening methods for children's exposure to poly-victimization and stronger awareness of poly-victimization's effects on health conditions in healthcare clinics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Volume91
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 1

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Crime Victims
Taiwan
Health
Heart Murmurs
Child Health
Kidney Diseases
Syncope
Dizziness
Research
Self Report
Hypersensitivity
Hospitalization
Asthma
Logistic Models
Smoking
Regression Analysis
Alcohols
Students
Delivery of Health Care
Wounds and Injuries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Feng, Jui-Ying ; Hsieh, Yi Ping ; Hwa, Hsiao Lin ; Huang, Ching Yu ; Wei, Hsi Sheng ; Shen, April Chiung Tao. / Childhood poly-victimization and children's health : A nationally representative study. In: Child Abuse and Neglect. 2019 ; Vol. 91. pp. 88-94.
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