This Master`s thesis (Siret Linde, 2002) study treats abuse of children in welfare institutions on the basis of scientific literature, questionnaires, essays of children in orphanages and everyday experience. 105 children, 64 girls and 41 boys aged 12-16 from six orphanages and one shelter home participated in the questionnaire. The results were analysed with the quantitative method. In addition, the essays on violence of children in welfare institutions have been analysed with the qualitative method.

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