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Title: School staff members experience and knowledge in the reporting of potential child and youth victimization
Author: Greco, Ana Martina
Guilera Ferré, Georgina
Pereda Beltran, Noemí
Keywords: Infants maltractats
Adolescents maltractats
Violència escolar
Detecció del maltractament infantil
Abused children
Abused teenagers
School violence
Investigation in child abuse
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Abstract: Victimization has been widely demonstrated to have negative consequences in minors. Most crimes against children go unreported and victims tend to reach adulthood without receiving any of the available specialized support. Studies have highlighted the unique role of school workers in early detection and reporting of possible cases of victimization, and have also found high rates of underreporting by school staff. The present study analyzes the underreporting of child and youth victimization suspicions among school staff and aims to identify variables related to its detection and reporting. One hundred and eighty-four school staff members (83.7% females, M = 42.6 years old, SD = 11.7) from 17 different schools completed a self-administered questionnaire designed to record their knowledge and experience regarding the detection and reporting of potential victimization cases. Over 74% of the school workers had suspected at least one situation of victimization during their careers, but only 27% had actually reported these concerns. Higher rates of reporting were significantly associated with male gender, more years of experience, and awareness of five common misconceptions. Reporting behavior could be predicted by gender, years of experience and two statements assessing respondents' knowledge of victimization. In order to increase early reporting of possible cases of victimization, it is necessary to overcome certain misconceptions, raise awareness among school staff, design new training programs or interventions, and adapt the school dynamics in the light of these findings.
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It is part of: Child Abuse & Neglect, 2017, vol. 72, p. 22-31
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ISSN: 0145-2134
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