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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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Abstract

PEREIRA, Paulo Celso  and  WILLIAMS, Lúcia Cavalcanti de Albuquerque. Educators' opinions on child victimization and school performance. Psicol. Esc. Educ. (Impr.) [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.1, pp. 139-152. ISSN 1413-8557.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-85572008000100010.

As part of a study that characterized the school performance of victimized children, teachers and the school principals from where such children studied were invited to participate in this research. The objective of this participation was to identify educators' attitudes on domestic violence, and school performance of the victimized children. Eighteen teachers participated in the study and 10 school principals. Participants took part of a school interview, containing pertinent questions in regard to the study's objective. Results indicated that educators have some notions on child abuse, and on how they should act with the victims. The number of cases of victimized children identified in the school was expressive. This identification was related to the educator's observation, as well as to spontaneous disclosures from victimized students. In spite of its limitations, the school still presents itself as a safe place for the victimized child, which could be interpreted as a protective environment.

Keywords : Academic achievement; Child abuse; School.

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