DETERMINANTS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AMONG HIGH SCHOOL FEMALE STUDENTS, GONDAR, NORTH WEST ETHIOPIA
Objective: The main objective of this study is to investigate the major determinants of child sexual abuse of female students in Gondar town high schools. Methods: In realizing this objective across-sectional study was conducted by using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The quantitative method, as the dominant method, was used to collect data about the major determinants of child sexual abuse from 335 randomly selected high school female students. The data collection was done by standardized self administered questionnaires that was analyzed with descriptive and explanatory (Binary logistic regression model) statistics. The qualitative method was used to supplement the quantitative method by collecting data using key informant interviews.Â
Results: The model revealed that, sexual abuse is prevalent in the study area due to the following factors; emotional disturbance, absence/shortage of education, measures taken against the abusers, counseling services, gender club, student maladaptive behavior and others. The qualitative data also assures those factors are very influential for the prevalence of the problem among female students. In conclusion, the result of this study revealed that the problem of child sexual abuse in Gondar town high schools is prevalent as a result of major socio-demographic, individual and situational factors.Â Â Â
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Keywords: Sexual abuse, Determinants and logistic regression
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