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Title: Juvenile victimisation in a group of young Sri Lankan adults
Authors: Fernando, A.D.
Karunasekera, W.
Keywords: Juvenile Delinquency
Crime Victims
Young Adult
Sri Lanka
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Sri Lanka Medical Association
Citation: The Ceylon Medical Journal. 2009; 54(3): pp. 80-84
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of juvenile victimisation in a group of young adults. METHOD: A juvenile victimisation questionnaire was distributed among 1322 Sri Lankan undergraduates. The questionnaire consisted of different modules (child maltreatment, conventional crime, peer-sibling victimisation, indirect victimisation, introduction to substances and parental deprivation). RESULTS :The response rate was 90%. The mean age of the cohort was 21.8 years. 59% were females. 44% and 36% had experienced sexual and physical maltreatment respectively. In both categories males were affected more than females (p < 0.001). Physical abuse had commonly taken place at school (51%) and home (40%). Witnessing violence at home was the highest form of indirect victimisation (66%). 10% were introduced to substances in childhood. Usage of substances (cigarettes, alcohol and drugs) was significantly higher in children whose fathers used substances compared to children whose fathers did not (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Many children in Sri Lanka are exposed to victimisation. They seem to suffer these in the very environments that should be nurturing and protecting them.
Description: Indexed in MEDLINE
ISSN: 0009-0875 (Print)
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