Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences in East Asia and the Pacific

Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences in East Asia and the Pacific

Maltreatment of children — including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect, and exploitation — is all-too prevalent in the East Asia and Pacific regions, a report from UNICEF finds. Based on a literature review, Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences in East Asia and the Pacific (232 pages, PDF) found rates of physical abuse ranging from 10 percent in a survey of parents in China to 30.3 percent among sixth-graders in Thailand. The report also found rates of sexual abuse ranging between 1.7 percent to 11.6 percent and rates of emotional abuse ranging between 31.3 percent to 68.5 percent. To date, research on the consequences of child maltreatment has focused on mental health, linking abuse to depression, low self-esteem, suicide ideation, and self-harm. The report notes, however, that high-quality qualitative and mixed-method studies from the region remain hard to come by.