Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/8422
Title: Assessment of parental nurturing and associated social, economic, and political factors among children in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory (WB/oPt)
Authors: Harsha, Nouh 
Ziq, Luay 
Lynch, Margaret A. 
Giacaman5, Rita 
Keywords: Emotional warmth;Parental nurturing - West Bank - Palestine;Abused children - West Bank - Palestine;Child abuse - Prevention - West Bank - Palestine;West Bank - Palestine - Mental health conditions;Political violence - West Bank - Palestine;Child welfare - West Bank - Palestine;Corporal punishment of children - West Bank - Palestine
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: BMC Pediatrics
Abstract: Background: Parental nurturing expressed through love and affection is a broad concept that entails caring for children and their activities, encouraging them and praising their achievements. Lack of love and affection makes children more susceptible to psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression across their life time. This study aims to evaluate parental nurturing and associated social, economic, and political factors among Palestinian children living in the West Bank (WB). Methods: Secondary data representative of the Palestinian children living in the WB was used to estimate parental nurturing for children aged 0–12 years as reported by their mothers. Univariate and bivariate analyses were conducted, followed by multivariate analysis for all predictors found significant in the bivariate analysis using SPSS® version 20. Results: 19.90% (231/1162) of children experienced low levels of parental nurturing. No statistically significant differences were detected by the child’s gender. Children with high levels of parental nurturing were those aged 0–6 years, children who were last in the family index, children with no disability, children exposed to low to medium levels of disciplinary methods, children from urban areas, children living in North WB, and children whose families were not subjected to political violence. Conclusions: Overall, Palestinian mothers reported high levels of parental nurturing towards their children. However, about one-fifth of Palestinian children are at risk of experiencing low levels of parental nurturing. Efforts should be placed in addressing the health and welfare needs of these high-risk children’s groups.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/8422
DOI: 10.1186/s12887-020-02317-0
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