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The childhood sexual abuse among youth in three asian cities: taipei, shanghai, and hanoi

TitleThe childhood sexual abuse among youth in three asian cities: taipei, shanghai, and hanoi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLi, N, Zabin, LS, Ahmed, S
JournalAsia Pac J Public Health
Volume27
PaginationNP1566-77
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1941-2479 (Electronic)1010-5395 (Linking)
Accession Number23343644
Keywordsadolescent health, child health, Epidemiology
Abstract

The article describes the prevalence and risk factors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) among youth in Hanoi, Shanghai, and Taipei. Data used in this study are from the Three-City Asian Study of Adolescents and Youth, 2006-2007. Descriptive analysis and logistic regression models were used. The self-reported lifetime prevalence of CSA was 5.2% in Taipei, 1.3% in Shanghai, and 0.5% in Hanoi. The overall prevalence was 2.2% for females and 1.7% for males. The average age of first CSA was 10.5 years. Household instability, migration before age 14, and low maternal warmth were found to be positively associated with CSA, whereas discussing problems with father and being close to mother were negatively associated with CSA, after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics. Our findings suggested the importance of prevention programs for preteen aged children, public education to raise awareness, and further prospective studies to identify various risk markers for CSA in Asia.