Preliminary data on abuse during childhood among female university students

Nor Ba`Yah Abdul Kadir, Asmawati Desa

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This study investigated the childhood experiences of physical and sexual abuse in relation to the risk of adult depression among female university students. The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence of abusive experiences in childhood, to examine if childhood physical and sexual abuse, parental antipathy and neglect correlated to depression, and to determine the risk factors of depression in this population. A translated childhood experience of care and abuse questionnaire (CECA-Q) was randomly distributed to the students. The results showed that the reliability of the CECA-Q was good and stable. The prevalent rate of childhood physical abuse in this population was 19% and childhood sexual abuse was 5%. Childhood physical abuse by the mother was a significant risk factor in contributing to depression. The study provides evidence of a correlation between childhood abuse and depression among female university students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

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Keywords

  • antipathy
  • childhood abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse

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Preliminary data on abuse during childhood among female university students. / Abdul Kadir, Nor Ba`Yah; Desa, Asmawati.

In: Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, Vol. 23, No. 4, 01.12.2013, p. 299-314.

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