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Child abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic - prospect, risk and factors: A narrative review

journal contribution
posted on 21.10.2021, 23:21 by Md A Ahad, Tracy Kakyo, Eileen WillisEileen Willis, Yvonne K Parry, Wenny Yang
This narrative review focuses on the risk of child abuse, the determinants of child maltreatment during the Covid-19 outbreak and the conceivable psycho-social impact of child abuse. Literature was retrieved from Scopus, PubMed, PsycINFO, Web of Science along with Google Scholar, and reports from various sources with no time and context restrictions. The narrative analysis of all pertinent records shows that the risk of abuse towards children has spiked during the Covid-19 outbreak, especially sexual abuse and neglect. Prolonged living inside of homes, school closures, limited contact, unemployment, domestic violence, poor access to health care, and related social stressors have impacted on the rates of child abuse during the Covid-19 outbreak. These maltreated children may experience poor interpersonal relationships, problematic coping behaviours, and depressive disorders across their life span. These findings point to context-specific outcomes and protective measures that could assist prospective researches and guide policies.

History

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start Page

46

End Page

62

Number of Pages

17

eISSN

2732-7027

ISSN

1790-1391

Publisher

Hellenic Psychological Society

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Flinders University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Hellenic Journal of Psychology