Requests for Child Abuse Education in Medical School Curricula

의과대학 교육 과정에서 아동학대 교육의 요구도

  • Yang, Su-Jin (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Sun-Young (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Woong-Jang (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Hyang-Wha (Honam Sunflower Children Center) ;
  • Kim, Jae-Min (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Sung-Wan (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine) ;
  • Shin, Il-Seon (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine) ;
  • Yoon, Jin-Sang (Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University College of Medicine)
  • 양수진 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실) ;
  • 김선영 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실) ;
  • 김웅장 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실) ;
  • 김향화 (호남해바라기아동센터) ;
  • 김재민 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실) ;
  • 김성완 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실) ;
  • 신일선 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실) ;
  • 윤진상 (전남대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실)
  • Published : 2008.02.28

Abstract

Objectives : This study aimed to examine current educational experiences, knowledge, intention to report, and requests for child abuse education in medical interns. Methods : A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 2006 and 2007. The study sample consisted of 193 medical interns who served their internships at the university hospital. They answered 11 self-administered questionnaires related to child abuse. Results : Although respondents indicated a strong will to assist in eradicating abuse of children, about 90% had no educational experiences and knowledge of child abuse. Ignorance was a major factor for low reported cases of abused children. The preferred nominated reporting agency for child abuse was the National Child Protection Agency in 47.9% of female respondents, while 48.3% of males nominated Police Stations as their preferred option. In relation to sexual abuse, Police Stations were the preferred reporting agency by 49.2% of males and 37.0% of females. Medical school curricula were chosen by the majority of interns as the most appropriate stage where child abuse education should be introduced. Conclusion : This study found that medical graduates had limited experience and knowledge related to child abuse. The medical school curricula for child abuse needs to be further developed, implemented, and evaluated when appropriate.