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Chronically ill children are 88 percent more likely to suffer physical abuse
Date:2/17/2011

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Key findings of the study include:

Chronic health problems:

  • 39% of the children reported chronic health problems 25% reported one, 10% reported two and 4% reported three or more. Children aged 15 reported significantly more chronic health problems than younger children.

    All child physical abuse (with or without intimate partner violence):

  • Having a chronic health condition raised the risk of physical abuse by 88%, as did being 15-years-old (+77%), male (+30%), born outside Sweden (+113%) and not living with both biological parents (+90%).

Child physical abuse only:

  • 7% of the healthy children and 12% of the children with chronic health problems had suffered physical abuse only.

  • Chronic health raised the risk of physical abuse only (+ 67%) as did being 15 (+37%) male (+49%) and born outside Sweden (+89%).

  • Abuse rates increased with the number of chronic health conditions, from 10% for children with one to 16% for children with three or more.

Child physical abuse plus intimate partner violence

  • 2% of the healthy children and 5% of the children with chronic heath had suffered physical abuse and witnessed intimate partner violence.

  • Chronic health raised the risk of experiencing both (+154%) as did being 15 (+192%), born outside Sweden (+128%) and not living with both biological parents (+314%).

  • The chance of experiencing both increased with the number of chronic conditions, from 3.5% for children with one to 12% for children with three or more.

"This information, and the other trends identified by this study, will be very useful to anyone who works with children" concludes Svensson. "We are now taking our research a stage further to look at how families handle this internal conflict and at the professional support they need and receive."


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Contact: Annette Whibley
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Wiley-Blackwell
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