Cultural perceptions of child maltreatment among Malaysians and UK Malaysians: an exploratory mixed method analysis

Ong Yung Chet, Edward (2019). Cultural perceptions of child maltreatment among Malaysians and UK Malaysians: an exploratory mixed method analysis. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis aims to explore how Malaysians living in Malaysia and in the UK perceive child maltreatment in relation to parenting practices and cultural beliefs/values. Chapter one, provides the theoretical frameworks of child maltreatment, background and the aims of the overall thesis. In chapter two, this chapter discussed how the Malaysian legislation, social policy, parenting practices and culture may impact on definitions and understanding of child maltreatment. Chapter three is a systematic review considering the state of the literature on how child maltreatment is being defined and identified in Asia. This review identified relatively a dearth of literature; hence chapters four to six qualitatively explore how different stakeholders (i.e., professionals, parents and adult survivors of child maltreatment respectively) perceive child maltreatment in relation to their cultural beliefs, values and parenting practices. The findings suggested that culture may influence how child maltreatment is perceived and what is considered as abusive parenting behaviour. Chapter 7 explores how ecological factors and how cultural factors such as beliefs, perception and cultural assimilation are related to how child maltreatment is being perceived. Finally, in chapter eight the key findings are pulled together, with an overall discussion considering both theoretical and practical implications.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Hamilton-Giachritsis, CatherineUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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