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Children's reports of emotional, physical and sexual maltreatment by educational staff in Israel.
Child Abuse Negl. 2002 Aug; 26(8):763-82.CA

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This paper reports on the first nationally representative study on the prevalence of emotional, physical, and sexual victimization of children by school staff in Israel. The study identifies groups of children that are at higher risk for such maltreatment. We examine the differences in staff-induced victimization by the children's gender, age group (junior high vs. high school), cultural groups (Jewish non-religious, Jewish-religious and Arab schools) and by socioeconomic status of the children's families.

METHOD

The study is based on a nationally representative sample of 10,410 Israeli students in Grades 7-11 in 161 schools across Israel. Students completed questionnaires during class. In addition, we obtained data on the socioeconomic status of the families of the students in each school.

RESULTS

Overall, children reported high rates of victimization by staff members. Almost a quarter of all children participating in this study reported being emotionally maltreated by a staff member, almost a fifth (18.7%) reported being a victim of at least one type of physical forms of maltreatment, and 8.2% reported on at least one sexually inappropriate behavior by a staff member. The most vulnerable groups for all types of maltreatment were males, children in junior high schools, children in Arab schools, and children in schools with a high concentration of students coming from low-income and low-education families.

CONCLUSIONS

The overall prevalence rates of staff maltreatment should be considered high and unacceptable. Although rates of physical and sexual maltreatment were lower than emotional maltreatment, they were still high and are worthy of greater attention. Both cultural beliefs and low family socioeconomic status increase vulnerability to staff maltreatment. We suggest conducting an educational campaign to reduce rates of staff maltreatment. We also recommend allocating more resources to support staff in low SES neighborhoods, to alleviate their stress and to provide them with the support that would reduce maltreatment of children in the educational system.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Paul Baerwald School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12363330

Citation

Benbenishty, Rami, et al. "Children's Reports of Emotional, Physical and Sexual Maltreatment By Educational Staff in Israel." Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 26, no. 8, 2002, pp. 763-82.
Benbenishty R, Zeira A, Astor RA. Children's reports of emotional, physical and sexual maltreatment by educational staff in Israel. Child Abuse Negl. 2002;26(8):763-82.
Benbenishty, R., Zeira, A., & Astor, R. A. (2002). Children's reports of emotional, physical and sexual maltreatment by educational staff in Israel. Child Abuse & Neglect, 26(8), 763-82.
Benbenishty R, Zeira A, Astor RA. Children's Reports of Emotional, Physical and Sexual Maltreatment By Educational Staff in Israel. Child Abuse Negl. 2002;26(8):763-82. PubMed PMID: 12363330.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Children's reports of emotional, physical and sexual maltreatment by educational staff in Israel. AU - Benbenishty,Rami, AU - Zeira,Anat, AU - Astor,Ron Avi, PY - 2002/10/5/pubmed PY - 2003/2/27/medline PY - 2002/10/5/entrez SP - 763 EP - 82 JF - Child abuse & neglect JO - Child Abuse Negl VL - 26 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVES: This paper reports on the first nationally representative study on the prevalence of emotional, physical, and sexual victimization of children by school staff in Israel. The study identifies groups of children that are at higher risk for such maltreatment. We examine the differences in staff-induced victimization by the children's gender, age group (junior high vs. high school), cultural groups (Jewish non-religious, Jewish-religious and Arab schools) and by socioeconomic status of the children's families. METHOD: The study is based on a nationally representative sample of 10,410 Israeli students in Grades 7-11 in 161 schools across Israel. Students completed questionnaires during class. In addition, we obtained data on the socioeconomic status of the families of the students in each school. RESULTS: Overall, children reported high rates of victimization by staff members. Almost a quarter of all children participating in this study reported being emotionally maltreated by a staff member, almost a fifth (18.7%) reported being a victim of at least one type of physical forms of maltreatment, and 8.2% reported on at least one sexually inappropriate behavior by a staff member. The most vulnerable groups for all types of maltreatment were males, children in junior high schools, children in Arab schools, and children in schools with a high concentration of students coming from low-income and low-education families. CONCLUSIONS: The overall prevalence rates of staff maltreatment should be considered high and unacceptable. Although rates of physical and sexual maltreatment were lower than emotional maltreatment, they were still high and are worthy of greater attention. Both cultural beliefs and low family socioeconomic status increase vulnerability to staff maltreatment. We suggest conducting an educational campaign to reduce rates of staff maltreatment. We also recommend allocating more resources to support staff in low SES neighborhoods, to alleviate their stress and to provide them with the support that would reduce maltreatment of children in the educational system. SN - 0145-2134 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12363330/Children's_reports_of_emotional_physical_and_sexual_maltreatment_by_educational_staff_in_Israel_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0145-2134(02)00350-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -