The determinants of risk of maltreatment among children in Israel

This is a national survey aimed at exploring the incidence and prevalence of risk in the child general population aged 0-18 years old in Israel. For the purpose of this study, children at risk were defined as those being in a direct risk such as abuse and neglect and children that are subjected to indirect risk such as poverty, family distress and witnessing abuse and/or drug use. More specifically we study the proportion of direct, indirect and potential risk, the characteristics of risk in terms of severity, duration, frequency and consequences. We attempt to identify the socio-demographic characteristics of families in which children at risk live and its geographical distribution in the country. The study also surveys the availability of services for children at risk.

The survey was conducted among a representative sample of the Israeli population including different ethnic, national and religious groups (n=3000). In each household an adult woman was interviewed and asked to provide information about one randomly selected child. The instrument was a survey questionnaire including about 200 questions administered in face to face interviews by trained interviewers at the informant's place of residence. We are in the final stages of data collection.