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Gunnlaugsson G, Einarsdóttir J. Acta Paediatr. 2018; ePub(ePub): ePub.


Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland, Iceland.


(Copyright © 2018, John Wiley and Sons)






AIM: This review examined and summarised the research published on child abuse in Iceland, which was mainly in the country's native language, to make the findings more accessible to English speakers. It specifically focused on child rearing and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and intra-familial conflicts suffered by children at the hands of their parents and other carers.

METHOD: The review drew on published research, books and reports and compared the findings with Nordic research and global estimates of child abuse.

RESULTS: Qualitative and quantitative research revealed that the prevalence of different forms of child abuse, child neglect and intra-familial conflicts in Iceland were similar to, or higher than, global and Nordic estimates. Younger respondents reported less physical abuse than older respondents, but higher levels of emotional abuse. Legislation, greater awareness, public debates and research on child abuse in Iceland has contributed to the growing recognition of the negative consequences of child abuse and strengthened support for prevention strategies.

CONCLUSION: Icelandic children have reportedly experienced diverse forms of child abuse and neglect from their parents and other carers. Diverse initiatives have been put in place that underline the urgent need to tackle such behaviour. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Language: en


child abuse; prevalence; preventative polices; sexual abuse; violence


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