This article is based on a presentation at the Third Greenville Family Symposium (cosponsored by the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the Clemson University Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, the International Family Therapy Association, and the International Society for Child Indicators) at University Center in Greenville, South Carolina, in April 2011.
Child Maltreatment Reports in Israel: The Intersection Between Community Socioeconomic Characteristics and Ethnicity
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2013
© 2013 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 83, Issue 1, pages 29–36, January 2013
How to Cite
Sulimani-Aidan, Y. and Benbenishty, R. (2013), Child Maltreatment Reports in Israel: The Intersection Between Community Socioeconomic Characteristics and Ethnicity. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83: 29–36. doi: 10.1111/ajop.12009
This research was funded by the Haruv Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. The authors gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and support provided by the Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Services. The authors are especially grateful for the support provided by Hanna Slutzky, Hava Levy, and their staff, and the consultation generously provided by Asher Ben-Arieh. We also thank Professor Jenny Kien for her editorial assistance and insightful critique.
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2013
- Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Services
- Arab children;
- Jewish children;
- child maltreatment;
- child welfare services;
- protective service responses, public disclosure of abuse;
- voluntary family intervention
The authors examined the relationship between community characteristics and child maltreatment reports in Israel, comparing Jewish and Arab localities both in terms of maltreatment reports and the responses of the social services to these reports. Administrative data were obtained from the protective services and the Central Bureau of Statistics for 231 local authorities in Israel (covering 98% of children in Israel). Jewish communities showed significantly more reports of sexual abuse and physical abuse than Arab communities. Reporting rates also showed different associations with socioeconomic and demographic variables. In Jewish localities, demographic, economic, and educational factors were all correlated with the reporting of child maltreatment, whereas in Arab localities, only median age (young) of the local population was associated with a greater rate of child maltreatment reporting. No differences in the responses of the protective services were found. Implications of the results for future policy are discussed.