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The Childhood Sexual Abuse Among Youth in Three Asian Cities: Taipei, Shanghai, and Hanoi

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TitleThe Childhood Sexual Abuse Among Youth in Three Asian Cities: Taipei, Shanghai, and Hanoi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLi, N, Zabin, LS, Ahmed, S
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Date PublishedJan 22
ISBN Number1941-2479 (Electronic)1010-5395 (Linking)
Accession Number23343644
KeywordsSexual and Reproductive Health
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.