Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS AND DETERMINANTS FOR DEPRESSION AMONG SEXUALLY ABUSED FEMALE ADOLESCENTS

Author

W Suzaily, Tan M.K. Susan, M Sheila, M Nor Asiah

Institution

University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Institute of Medical Research Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Objectives: Research in the field of child abuse is lacking in Malaysia. The aims of this study are to identify the association between socio demographic factors and depression among sexually abused female adolescents as well as the determinants for depression.

Methods: A cross sectional study carried out among sexually abused female adolescents who attended Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) clinic at Hospital Kuala Lumpur from June to December 2009

Results: The results showed 33.3% of the respondents were depressed and significant association were identified between legal guardian, living environment and duration of abuse with depression among sexually abused female adolescents. Significant difference in age among the respondent were identified with mean age of 14.1 (S.D 2.19). Multivariable analyses were performed and the predictor for this study is living environment.

Conclusion: In conclusion, living environment is the determinant for this study. Those who live with others were 23 times higher to be depressed as compared to those respondents who live with their parents. Results of this study hopefully will help clinicians to further develop strategies to improve the outcome in this population.