What is it about?

Research evidence shows that adolescents have a higher likelihood of experiencing abuse in their homes but little is known about the extent of this problem for adolescents living in war-affected areas. Our study aimed to determine the rates and correlates of adolescent-reported familial abuse in post-conflict northern Uganda. It also assessed the link between experiencing abuse at home and (a) adolescent beliefs supporting aggression and (b) adolescent well-being and life satisfaction.

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Why is it important?

Child abuse prevention programs are currently being scaled up in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Parenting programmes have the potential to improve adolescent–caregiver interaction and interrupt the violence transmission cycle high-risk settings.


Ending all forms of violence against children is a global priority of the current UN sustainable development goals. Fast-tracking this global agenda will require evidence of the magnitude, risk factors, and consequences of violence against children in a range of settings. Our findings highlight the need for local and national priority setting against child abuse and the development of child protection laws and policies.

Helen Pretty Mbaziira Natukunda
Medical Research Council

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This page is a summary of: Which Factors Are Associated With Adolescent Reports of Experiencing Various Forms of Abuse at the Family Level in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda?, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, December 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0886260519888526.
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