Cultural Variations in Childhood Victimization: A Comparative Study

Sevaste Chatzifotiou, Technological Educational Inst. of Crete
Manos Daskalou, University College Northampton

ABSTRACT
The aims and objectives of this study are to investigate childhood victimisation in the domestic and school context. Childhood victimisation is an area that has recently received growing attention in view of recent violent crimes against children. Although there is growing interest in violence against children there is not comparative study to look at the cultural variations of what constitutes violence per se. Violence is usually accepted as universally similar among different cultures without questioning the extent of cultural variations in the prioritisation of acts of violence, the general attitude to violence, and the ways that violence is being portrayed. However in an age of globalisation where there is ever increasing demand of co-operation between national organisations to target crime and victimisation the overall picture must be understood.

In this study the researchers investigate childhood victimisation by questioning college students about their victimisation experiences in home and in school. The main idea for choosing Britain and Greece for this study lays in the extend of variations between the two cultures with British regarded more Westernised and progressive and with Greek regarded more traditional. The researches hope to find clear cultural differences on the way violence is portrayed and understood.

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