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Chan, K. L. (2013). Victimization and poly-victimization among school-aged Chinese adolescents: Prevalence and associations with health. Preventive medicine, 56(3), 207-210.

Given the limited number of systematic studies on child victimization in China, this study aimed to investigate the prevalence of child victimization and poly-victimization, and to examine the associations between victimization and negative health outcomes.

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Finkelhor, D., Ji, K., Mikton, C., & Dunne, M. (2013). Explaining lower rates of sexual abuse in China. Child abuse & neglect.

Accumulating research suggests that rates of child sexual abuse are comparatively low in China. This commentary is an effort to evaluate whether it reflects a true lower prevalenceor alternatively the effect of inhibited disclosure by victims.

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Ji, K., Finkelhor, D., & Dunne, M. (2013). Child sexual abuse in China: A meta-analysis of 27 studies. Child abuse & neglect.

The findings to date justify further research into possible cultural and sociological reasons for lower risk of contact and penetrative sexual abuse of girls and less penetrative abuse of boys in China. Future research should examine sociological explanations, including patterns of supervision, sexual socialization and attitudes related to male sexual prowess.

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Chan, K. L. (Ed.) (2012). Child Protection in Chinese Societies: Challenges and Policies. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

This book introduces the current situations of child victimization in the Chinese populations to readers, discusses the relevant political and legal systems as well as health and social services, and puts forward some recommendations for effective child protection with an emphasis on the unique cultural values and situations in the Chinese populations. This book is the only one available to date to present a comprehensive and critical review of child maltreatment and victimization in China whilst promoting a multi-disciplinary collaboration to child protection.

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Chan, K. L., Yan, E., Brownridge, D. A., & Ip, P. (2012). Associating Child Sexual Abuse with Child Victimization in China. The Journal of pediatrics.

This study provides reliable estimates of child victimization to facilitate resource allocation in health care settings in China. The strong associations between child sexual abuse and other forms of child victimization warrant screening for additional forms of child victimization once any one of them has been identified.

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Chan, K. L., Fong, D. Y. T., Yan, E., Chow, C. B., & Ip, P. (2011). Validation of the Chinese Juvenile Victimisation Questionnaire 中國青少年受害問卷調查的成效. HK J Paediatr (new series), 16(1), 17-24.

This study provides preliminary evidence for the validity and reliability of the Chinese JVQ. Also, it finds that youth who suffer from victimisation are more likely to experience trauma symptoms. The authors suggest that such a scale is useful for measuring and identifying the victimisation patterns among youth within a Chinese population.

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Roundtable Forum for Child Protection in Chinese Societies: Setting the Agenda 
28th June 2011, University of Hong Kong

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Programme Series 1 (in English)
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