Frequencies of child abuse in Japan: Hidden but prevalent crime

Toshinori Kitamura, Nobuhiko Kijima, Noboru Iwata, Yukiko Senda, Koji Takahashi, Ikue Hayashi

研究成果: Article査読

14 被引用数 (Scopus)


A total of 98 women newly employed by a company in Tokyo were interviewed and asked to recall the frequency of abuse they experiences as children. If the abuse is defined as an act occurring at least several times a month, the rates of the fathers' emotional neglect, threat, shaming the children, slapping, punching with a fist, kicking, hitting with an object, and burning were 5%, 3%, 1%, 4%, 3%, 0%, 0%, and 0%, respectively, whereas the corresponding rates of the mothers' acts were 9%, 5%, 2%, 0%, 1%, 0%, 1%, and 0%, respectively. None of the children who had been abused at least several times a month reported having sought other people's help. This study suggests that child abuse in Japan is no less prevalent than in the Western countries and that most abuse cases are unidentified and therefore go unrelieved by intervention.

ジャーナルInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
出版ステータスPublished - 1999 3月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 病理学および法医学
  • 人文科学(その他)
  • 応用心理学


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