Abstract


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT BY THEIR PARENTS
This study investigates perceptions of elementary school teachers, working in Ankara, on which behaviors are accepted as abuse and neglect by parents’ toward their own children; the reasons and methods of dealing with them (according to teachers’ gender, teaching experience, having a child or not, education level, class size, school’s population and school environment’s level of socioeconomic status). In this study quantitative and qualitative research methods are used. 244 questionnaires were evaluated. In this descriptive survey study, the scale of ‘Child Abuse and Neglect by Parents’ developed by Karaman (1993) is used. For qualitative method, t-test, ANOVA and Kruskall Wallis test were used; for quantitative method content analysis was used. From the analysis of qualitative data, there has been a significant difference between the opinions of teachers in terms of gender, seniority, number of students in the classroom and total number of students in the school. For analyzing quantitative data, teachers’ opinions were evaluated by categorizing as “communication”, “education”, “research” and “general measure”. Teachers think that in order to prevent children from child abuse and neglect, it is important to be in constant contact with the students and parents and to give educational programs about child abuse and neglect to firstly parents then teachers and students.<

Keywords
Child abuse and neglect, elementary school teachers, parents