Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic On Violence Against Children: A Narrative Review.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic On Violence Against Children: A Narrative Review.

Publication date: Sep 18, 2023

The goal of this paper was to explore the different ways the COVID-19 pandemic has affected violence against children (VAC). Recent research of peer-reviewed articles using operational or survey data revealed the pandemic’s impact in terms of institutional responses, risk and mediating factors, changes in VAC dynamics, and a likely increase in child marriage. Findings include a decrease in institutional responses, activities, and prevention case openings; an increased incidence of interparental intimate partner violence (IPV) witnessing cases, hospital admissions for suspected Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), other pediatric injuries, and sexual violence; a change in family conflict dynamics; and an estimated increase in child marriages. It also revealed mediating factors between the relationship of the pandemic and VAC (such as parental stress and mental health symptoms), as well as risk factors observed by service providers, which include the risk of mental health symptoms of both parents and children. Post-pandemic VAC research can be improved by utilizing operational or survey data in a meaningful way to be able to derive sound intervention approaches to diminish the pandemic’s impact on VAC and child marriage. We also propose for researchers to integrate child marriage into the definition of VAC.

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Concepts Keywords
Ipv Child marriage
Pandemic COVID-19 pandemic
Parents Impact
Psychiatry Narrative review
Recent Post-pandemic implications
Violence against children


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic
disease MESH Violence
disease IDO intervention
disease VO age
disease VO frequency
disease MESH ‘child maltreatment
disease MESH ‘child sexual abuse
drug DRUGBANK Indoleacetic acid
disease MESH psychological abuse
disease VO Canada
disease MESH Subdural Hemorrhage
disease VO Cpa
disease MESH domestic violence
drug DRUGBANK Ferrous sulfate anhydrous
disease MESH retinal hemorrhages
disease MESH emergency
disease MESH gonorrhea
disease MESH suicidal ideation
disease MESH death
disease IDO process
disease IDO facility
disease MESH unemployment
disease MESH psychological distress
disease VO USA
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease MESH gender based violence
disease MESH complications
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
disease VO monthly
disease VO Optaflu
disease VO report
disease VO effective
drug DRUGBANK Naproxen
disease MESH Long Covid
drug DRUGBANK Pentaerythritol tetranitrate
drug DRUGBANK Guanosine
disease MESH Burnout
drug DRUGBANK Tretamine
drug DRUGBANK Trestolone
disease MESH suicide
disease VO population
disease MESH developmental disabilities
disease MESH lifestyles
disease IDO symptom

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