International and cultural perspectives on child abuse

This article highlights how perceptions and descriptions of child abuse vary with different cultures. Presenting a qualitative study using retrospective essays of child abuse in Southern Africa and Norway, the article compare situations of abuse and what helped children to get through their difficulties in the two cultures. The article indicates how protective factors help children to cope. It concludes with some implications on how to combat child abuse internationally.

Keywords: child abuse, resilience, comparative study, sexual abuse, child labour