Studying Maltreatment Through Polyvictimization: Evidence from the Salar Ethnic Group in Qinghai, China

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Studying Maltreatment Through Polyvictimization: Evidence from the Salar Ethnic Group in Qinghai, China

December 2, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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About the Event:
Polyvictimization occurs when children are exposed to multiple forms of violence, neglect, and abuse. The lecture presents a theoretical model to conceptualize polyvictimization according to the unique lived experiences of children when multiple victimization/maltreatment experiences co-occur. It argues polyvictimization must rest on a conceptual foundation of victimization that sits in three dimensions: invasiveness, exploitativeness, and severity.

The Salar ethnic minority group mainly resides in Qinghai province in China. To shed light on the theory, a new qualitative approach has been developed using in-depth river of life oral history method with polyvictimized Salar women. Converging evidence is provided using a small random sample quantitative study of 200 Salar mothers, examining depression, suicidality, and child maltreatment as outcomes. The lecture concludes with a discussion of implications for policy, theory, research, and practice.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Clifton Emery is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He is an academic, a social worker, and a statistician. His approach to research and scholarship brings empirical and theoretical rigor to the study of conflict and its resolution in the context of power disparities. His work focuses primarily on abuse and violence against women, children, and refugees. Dr. Emery has carried out survey research in the US, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Nepal, and on North Korean refugees.

Dr. Emery is the Academic Expert for Help for Children’s Asia Branch and guides the organization’s grant making.  He is also the Associate Editor for Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Emery’s current research includes a longitudinal study of informal social control, child maltreatment, and adolescent substance addiction among mothers and adolescent children in a representative sample of Nepal and a study of online victimization among 2,000 Hong Kong school children.

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Julie Kwan
Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy