Incidents of Child Abuse and Neglect in Schools and Its Impact on Mental Health
This Chapter presents reported incidents of child abuse and neglect in schools across the world with special reference to incidents in India based on the latest evidences. It further discusses the impact of abuse and neglect on mental health. Latest evidence based on a research in Puducherry indicates that 73.4, 61.9, and 38.5% students experienced psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, respectively, while 38.5% witnessed violence in the family. Surprisingly, boys are found to be more vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse than girls. The chapter presents information about reporting of such incidents to the appropriate authority since reporting is important to penalize the perpetrators. The chapter further highlights the link between the experience of abuse (regardless of its form) and psychological problems like anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Importance of social support for the safety of children and the role of the resilience capacity of children/students in adjusting with difficult situations are discussed in this chapter in addition to examining their association with mental health.
KeywordsIncidents Child abuse Neglect Mental health Social support School
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