More than 40% of children in parts of Africa have experienced physical violence

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 12 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1953
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    One in 10 children in some parts of Africa have been victims of both physical and sexual violence, shows research that surveyed more than 20 000 young people in five countries. And more than 40% of the children had experienced physical violence during the previous 12 months, the research found (Bulletin of the World Health Organisation doi:10.2471/BLT.07.047423).

    The researchers also found an association between exposure to violence (defined by a positive response to the questions “During the past 12 months how many times were you involved in a physical fight” or “Have you ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse?”) and children’s behaviour with adverse effects …

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