Physical Child Abuse by Parents and Teachers in Saudi Arabia: A Systematic Literature Review

Aref Alsehaimi (Lead / Corresponding author), Ian Barron, Vera Hodson

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A systematic review was conducted to find out what is known about the prevalence and nature of physical child abuse in Saudi. The review identified 15 abuse prevalence studies carried out in Saudi Arabia between 1998 and 2016, written in English or Arabic. An analysis of these revealed the known relative prevalence of different types of child abuse, the relationship of the abuser to the victim, and the level of awareness among school professionals of procedures and programs in Saudi to protect children from abuse. The review revealed many shortcomings of the existing literature, including a paucity of published studies, lack of rigor in research design, an absence of data from many parts of the country, and an emphasis on hospital reports rather than data collected directly from victims. Studies conducted to date suggest that physical abuse of children is more widespread and severe in the Kingdom than previously acknowledged.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-117
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Physical abuse
  • Saudi Arabia

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