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Student Victimization by Teachers in Taiwan: Prevalence and Associations

NCJ Number
Child Abuse & Neglect Volume: 35 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2011 Pages: 382-390
Ji-Kang Chen; Hsi-Sheng Wei
Date Published
May 2011
9 pages
This study explored the extent of student victimization by teachers, from the students' viewpoint, in junior high schools in Taiwan.
The study found that almost 27 percent of students reported having experienced at least one incidence of being maltreated by their teachers in the previous semester, with the most common form of maltreatment being hitting, beating, or slapping. The study also found that boys and senior students were more likely to suffer maltreatment by their teachers, and that students who had a poor relationship with their teacher or were involved with at-risk peers were more likely to suffer from repeat victimization by their teacher. The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which junior high students in an Asian culture (Taiwan) reported maltreatment by their teacher and whether certain demographic variables affected the degree of maltreatment. Data for the study were obtained from a large-scale random sample of 1,376 junior high students (grades 7-9) in a large city in Taiwan. Students completed a structured questionnaire that compiled information on basic demographics and the students' social experiences in school. The study analyzed the students' responses and found that junior high students in Taiwan are exposed to high levels of maltreatment by their teachers, despite the existence of guidelines and regulations against teacher aggression towards students. Implications for educators, policymakers, and the general public are discussed. Tables and references


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