Child Abuse and Neglect Among Children Who Drop Out of School: A Study in Izmir, Turkey
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CitationSofuoglu, Z., Sariyer, G., Aydin, F., Cankardas, S., & Kandemirci, B. (2016). Child Abuse and Neglect Among Children Who Drop Out of School: A Study in Izmir, Turkey. Social Work in Public Health, 31(6), 589-598. doi:10.1080/19371918.2016.1160343
Child abuse and neglect (CAN), and dropping out of school have long been recognized as pervasive social problems globally, and Turkey is no exception. This study aims to explore the prevalence and incidence of CAN in children who drop out of school of Turkey, using the ISPCAN Child abuse Screening Tool, Children's Version, which is an appropriate tool for multinational comparisons. Data from a convenience sample of children who drop out of school age 11, 13, and 16 from Izmir were collected either by interviews or by self-completion. The results show that, compared to children who do not drop out of school, children who drop out of school have higher rates of psychological and physical abuse and neglect within the family. This study not only highlights the need for preventive laws for CAN and dropping out of school, but also points to direction for future research.