Abstract Objective: To better understand the epidemiology of physical abuse among adolescents. Design: School-based survey of students in grades 9 through 12. Setting: Twenty-five schools throughout Oregon in 1993. Main Outcome Measures: Prevalence of ever being physically abused, prevalence of most recent occurrence of physical abuse, and correlation of physical abuse with high-risk health behaviors. Results: Of the 1957 respondents, 31.5% reported having ever been physically abused, with female subjects (34.6%) more likely than male subjects (28.0%) to have ever been abused. Overall, 3.7% of students had been physically abused in the past week, 7.8% in the past month, and 16.3% in the past year. 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Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: Nov 1, 1995