The Association and Difference between Potentially Victimizing Events and Sociodemographic FactorsAuthor(s): Marwah Abd Al-abass Kwne, Hassan Ali Hussein
Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the lifetime prevalence of victimization and poly-victimization among adolescents and youth aged 12 years – 24 years.
Methods: A descriptive correlational design on adolescent users study was established for the period from August 20th, 2022 to March 20th, 2023. A non-probability (Convenient) sample of (100) adolescents with substance use disorder which were selected from the inpatient psychiatric unit at teaching hospitals.
Results: The results of the Assessment of Victimization (55%) among Adolescents are exposed to victimization through their life. Where they reside in urban areas, the highest percentage of adolescents shows that they have graduated from primary school and live in nuclear families with sufficient income and with a low parental education level.
Conclusions: Most adolescents have been subjected to victimization during their lives, especially conventional crime, physical, witnessing and Indirect Victimization, peer and sibling, and maltreatment. There are significant differences in victimization among adolescents with regard to adolescents’ level of education (secondary school) and father’s occupation ( jobless fathers) , but there is no significant difference has been seen with regard to adolescents’ age, monthly income, family type, father and mother education, and mother’s occupation.
Recommendations: The study shows that adolescents are victimized during their lifetime that. Research and studies should focus more on the problems of adolescent victimization and how to prevent risk factors during the early stages of life. And also an emphasis on the role of civil society organizations in implementing the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence, especially those concerned with issues of children and adolescents in holding conferences, seminars and panel discussions.