Victimization experiences of adolescents in Malaysia

Choo, W.Y. and Dunne, M.P. and Marret, M.J. and Fleming, M. and Wong, Y.L. (2011) Victimization experiences of adolescents in Malaysia. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49 (6). pp. 627-634. ISSN 1054-139X,

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Purpose: There has been little community-based research regarding multiple-type victimization experiences of young people in Asia, and none in Malaysia. This study aimed to estimate prevalence, explore gender differences, as well as describe typical perpetrators and family and social risk factors among Malaysian adolescents. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of 1,870 students was conducted in 20 randomly selected secondary schools in Selangor state (mean age: 16 years; 58.8 female). The questionnaire included items on individual, family, and social background and different types of victimization experiences in childhood. Results: Emotional and physical types of victimization were most common. A significant proportion of adolescents (22.1) were exposed to more than one type, with 3 reporting all four types. Compared with females, males reported more physical, emotional, and sexual victimization. The excess of sexual victimization among boys was due to higher exposure to noncontact events, whereas prevalence of forced intercourse was equal for both genders (3.0). Although adult male perpetrators predominate, female adults and peers of both genders also contribute substantially. Low quality of parent-child relationships and poor school and neighborhood environments had the strongest associations with victimization. Family structure (parental divorce, presence of step-parent or single parent, or household size), parental drug use, and rural/urban location were not influential in this sample. Conclusion: This study extends the analysis of multiple-type victimization to a Malaysian population. Although some personal, familial, and social factors correlate with those found in western nations, there are cross-cultural differences, especially with regard to the nature of sexual violence based on gender and the influence of family structure. (C) 2011 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. All rights reserved.

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Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 851IF Times Cited: 4 Cited Reference Count: 40 Choo, Wan-Yuen Dunne, Michael P. Marret, Mary J. Fleming, MaryLou Wong, Yut-Lin Queensland University of Technology; University of Malaya The authors express their gratitude to various Malaysian ministries and schools for study approval; Queensland University of Technology and University of Malaya for funding and administrative support; Irene Cheah, Sham Kasim, Subash Kumar, Nik Sherina, Rodhiah Zakaria, panel of experts, for their invaluable comments on the questionnaire; Diana Batistutta, Ray Duplock, Ng Man San for statistical support and sampling advice; Aninawati Bakaruddin, Rajeswary Karuppiah, Lee Sian Boy, and Tong Weng Ting for assistance in data collection; and Linda Murray for editorial support. Elsevier science inc New york
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents Malaysia Asia Multiple victimization Prevalence Correlates Perpetrators Violence child sexual-abuse national sample psychometric properties poly-victimization college-Students physical abuse mental-health maltreatment prevalence population
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms azrahani halim
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 04:13
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 04:13

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