Violence Against Children, Study in Jordan

Tags: Sociology

As a response to the United Nations Secretary General (SG) study on violence against children, Jordan embarked on studying the extent of violence against children at homes, schools and the neighbourhoods. The study research methodology consists of qualitative & quantitative techniques; individual and group interviews with children and parents; interviews with teachers and service providers, and data collection tools included observation, document analysis and questionnaires.

A nationally representative sample of 3,130 school children aged (8 - 17) from 229 schools representing public, private and UNRWA schools were selected. While 2,286 families were selected as a national representative sample.

Findings ------------------- •

The majority of violent acts experienced by children are perpetrated by an authority figure whether at home or at school. More than half the children of Jordan are punished by school teachers and administrators, as well as parents/ legal guardians.

• More than two thirds of children in Jordan are subjected to verbal abuse by their parents, school teachers and administrators, while around half are verbally abused by siblings and schoolmates.

• Around 50 per cent of children are physically abused by parents/legal guardians, school teachers and administrators and siblings, while around one third are physically abused by neighbourhood adults and children.

• Approximately one third of children are subjected to sexual harassement inflicted by neighbourhood adults and children, as well as schoolmates. In addition, 2 - 7 out of every 100 children are sexually abused by parents/ guardians, relatives, siblings, and school teachers and administrators.

• More girls than boys were subjected to verbal and nonverbal abuse by parents/ legal guardians, siblings, school teachers and administrators, and schoolmates.

• More boys than girls were physically abused by parents/legal guardians, neighbourhood adults and school teachers, while girls were more often physically abused by siblings, neighbourhood children and schoolmates.

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