Physical Child Abuse by Parents and Teachers in Saudi Arabia: a Systematic Literature Review

  • Aref Alsehaimi
  • Ian Barron
  • Ann Hodson


A systematic review was conducted to find out what is known about the prevalence and nature of physical child abuse in Saudi. The review identified 15 abuse prevalence studies carried out in Saudi Arabia between 1998 and 2016, written in English or Arabic. An analysis of these revealed the known prevalence of different types of child abuse, the relationship of the abuser to the victim, and the level of awareness among school professionals of procedures and programs in Saudi to protect children from abuse. The review revealed many shortcomings of existing literature, including a paucity of published studies, lack of rigor in research design, an absence of data from many parts of the country, and an emphasis on hospital reports rather than data collected directly from victims. Studies conducted to date suggest that physical abuse of children is more widespread and severe in the Kingdom than previously acknowledged.


Saudi Arabia Physical abuse Child abuse Child maltreatment 



Many thanks to Hail University (Saudi Arabia) and the University of Dundee (United Kingdom) for their continued support for Alsehaimi A.

Author Contributions

Data collection, design, analysis and interpretation were done by Alsehaimi A. Drafting, critical revisions were done by Alsehaimi A, Barron I and Hodson A. Supervised by Barron I and Hodson A.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Social WorkUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of HailHailSaudi Arabia

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