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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 50-53

Knowledge and awareness of child abuse and neglect among children in pondicherry


1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 From the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sherin Sarah Stephen
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijfo.ijfo_16_19

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Context: Child abuse and neglect (CAN) is a social malady that is gaining much importance in the present world. Studies had been conducted to assess the knowledge about CAN among parents, teachers, and medical professionals. However, there is a paucity of literature about the knowledge and awareness among children regarding this social problem. Aims: The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge and awareness regarding CAN among schoolchildren in Puducherry. Subjects and Methods: A structured questionnaire with nine questions regarding CAN was distributed among children from two schools, aged 10–15 years, in Puducherry. The data from filled questionnaires were analyzed using the SPSS software. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test, t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson's correlation test. Results: Majority of the children were aware of the acts constituting CAN. A positive correlation was seen between the age of children and awareness of CAN. Furthermore, the girls had better knowledge about CAN when compared to boys. Conclusions: Although the children had a good knowledge about CAN, further studies have to be conducted to generalize these findings in Puducherry.


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