Journal of Education and
Research in Nursing
Original Article

Nursing Students' Knowledge Level on Identification and Risks of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Descriptive Study

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Maltepe University School of Nursing, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Child Health and Diseases Nursing, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, İstanbul, Turkey

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Division of Nursing Child Health and Diseases, Department of Nursing Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University, School of Health Sciences, Karaman, Turkey

Journal of Education and Research in Nursing 2021; 18: 231-240
DOI: 10.5152/jern.2021.05924
Read: 220 Downloads: 156 Published: 30 September 2021

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge levels of nursing department final year students to diagnose the symptoms and risks of child abuse and neglect and to investigate their relationship with sociodemographic characteristics.

Methods: The study was conducted with the senior students of the nursing department of a nursing faculty in İstanbul and a faculty of health sciences in Konya. 326 students participated in the study. “Information Form” and “Scale for Diagnosing Symptoms and Risks of Child Abuse and Neglect” were used for data collection. Data were evaluated with mean, standard deviation, frequency, Student t test, One Way ANOVA test, Pearson Correlation, and Regression analysis.

Results:The average score of the students was 3.55 ± 0.29. The lowest score (2.96 ± 0.38) was obtained from the sub-dimension of the Characteristics of Abuse and Neglected Children; they received the highest scores Symptoms of Neglect (3.97 ± 0.50); Physical Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect in Children (3.70 ± 0.37).

Conclusion: When the level of knowledge of abuse and neglect was compared with the maximum score of 5.0 in each subscale and total scale score, the level of knowledge of the students was not at the desired level. It may be suggested to make interventions (such as integrating into courses, opening elective courses) in the curriculum to increase the knowledge levels of students about the symptoms and risks of child abuse and neglect.

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