‘School was just a nightmare’: childhood abuse and neglect and school experiences

Authors

  • John Frederick,

    1. Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Notting Hill, Victoria, Australia
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  • Chris Goddard

    1. Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Notting Hill, Victoria, Australia
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John Frederick,
Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia,
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences,
Monash University,
Building 1,
270 Ferntree Gully Road,
Notting Hill,
Victoria 3168,
Australia
E-mail: John.Frederick@med.monash.edu.au

ABSTRACT

Children who have experienced abuse display significant difficulties in dealing with all aspects of the school environment. This paper examines the experiences at school of a group of respondents who had been subject to abuse and neglect during their childhood and adolescence. A qualitative research approach, utilizing in-depth interviews, was used to explore their perspectives and insights in relation to their experiences. The findings of this study show how the various forms of abuse and neglect experienced in their families had consequences for them in the school setting. A further important finding was a lack of professional student welfare support for the interviewees at school. Implications for prevention and intervention approaches in relation to both policy and service delivery are outlined.

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