Child Physical Abuse: Sociology

Topic selected: Child Physical Abuse
Section I:
• The main theme that is found in the first 25 articles are child physical abuse in children. Most of the articles talk about the abuse being sexual and or violent.
Section II:
• Gymnastics and child abuse: an analysis of former international Portuguese female artistic gymnasts Pinheiro, Maria Claudia; Pimenta, Nuno; Resende, Rui; Malcolm, Dominic. Sport, Education and Society 19.4 (May 2014): 435-450.
• The association of childhood physical abuse with the onset and extent of drug use among regular injecting drug users Darke, Shane; Torok, Michelle. Addiction 109.4 (Apr 2014): 610-616.
• Parental Abuse Towards Their Children with ADHD in Iran Ghanizadeh, Ahmad; Yazdanshenas, Parisa; Mousavi Nasab, Masoud; Firoozabadi, Ali; Farrashbandi, Hassan. Journal of Family Violence 29.3 (Apr 2014): 269-276.
• Sexual Offenses Against Elderly People: Forensic Evaluation and Judicial Outcome Nobrega Pinto, Ana; Rodrigues, Fernanda; Dinis-Oliveira, Ricardo Jorge; Magalhaes, Teresa. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect 26.2 (Mar 2014): 189-204.
• Verbal, Physical and Sexual Abuse Status Against Operating Room Nurses in Turkey Tekin, Yasemin Eda; Bulut, Hulya. Sexuality and Disability 32.1 (Mar 2014): 85-97.

• These abstracts were the most interesting to me because I was not aware that abuse offenses were made against elderly people. I know that abuse and ADHD can we related although, it is not always correct; it caught my attention because I wanted to read it and learn more on it because my adopted brother has ADHD and I’d like to know more. The fact that abuse seems to happen in a very wide spectrum I thought it was good to choose very different articles to be able to compare and contrast.
1. I learned that sexual offenses and abuse against elderly people happens. I was unaware that the elderly were victims.
2. I learned that nurses are also victims of abuse. I learned that anyone can be a victim of any abuse at any time; however, it is not normal for me to associate something so bad with people who do so much good.
3. Abuse is associated with drug use.

Section III:
• Verbal, Physical and Sexual Abuse Status Against Operating Room Nurses in Turkey Tekin, Yasemin Eda; Bulut, Hulya. Sexuality and Disability 32.1 (Mar 2014): 85-97.

“This descriptive study investigated the verbal, physical and sexual abuse status against operating room nurses. Health care professionals work in stressful environments with managerial problems and abuse. This can negatively affect patient care, the institution and the health care system. Of the 575 nurses that work in the 32 hospitals where approval was granted from the Ministry of Health, 380 nurses consented to filling out the questionnaires and thus composed the sample for this study. The data obtained from this study was evaluated with the SPSS 15.0 program. Descriptive statistics were given as number, percentage, mean and standard deviation. The comparison of categorical data was done by the Khi-square test, and the comparison of continuous variables was done with the T Test. According to the data obtained from our study, the percentages of verbal, physical and sexual abuse were 84.5, 25.5 and 32.6 % respectively. Our findings demonstrated that the origin of all types of abuse was the physicians. Abused nurses stated that the abuse they were exposed to affected their relationship with that person, decreased their work performance and lead to thoughts of quitting nursing. Verbally abused nurses expressed that they solved the problem by talking with the person about their behavior and the physically abused expressed that they reported the event to the people of authority. Sexually abused victims reported that they tried to solve the problem by pretending it never happened. The most common physical disorders that abused nurses experienced were headache, fatigue, insomnia and stomach pain. While nurses who had the least years of experience were exposed to verbal abuse, nurses who had more experience were exposed to physical abuse. Also in our study, women were found to be most commonly exposed to verbal and sexual abuse, whereas men were commonly exposed to physical abuse. Recommendations were made based on the results of this research. Adapted from the source document.”

1. Hypothesis- That operating room nurses were being physically, verbally, and sexually abused in the work place.
2. Theory- Symbolic Interactionism: people rely and develop on the process of social interaction. That operating room nurses were being physically, verbally, and sexually abused in the work place.
3. Sample- Convenience Sample: 380 nurses from 32 different hospitals.
4. Dependent Variable- Physical, verbal, and sexual abuse against nurses.
5. Independent Variable- The stressful environments and managerial problems within the hospitals.
6. Major Findings- The nurses who were physically abused reported the abuse to a person of authority but the nurses who were sexually abused tried to solve the problem by pretending it did not exist. The nurses who were verbally abused talked to the person who was abusing them about their behavior. Also, nurses who were less experienced were exposed to verbal abuse and those with more experience were exposed to the physical and sexual abuse. The women were found to be verbally and sexually abused more commonly and men more commonly were exposed to physical abuse.

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