TAIPEI (CNA) – As many as 78.4 percent of Taiwanese children said they had witnessed their parents have emotional outbursts, according to a survey by the Child Welfare League Foundation.
The Taipei-based non-profit organization published the results of the survey on Sunday showing that of those 78.4 percent, roughly 33 percent revealed that witnessing such outbursts led to them being hit or verbally abused.
Furthermore, 39.4 percent of children polled said their parents got angry over small matters, or for no reason.
Foundation Executive Director Chen Li-ju (陳麗如) said the main stressors for parent’s emotional outbursts are children misbehaving, work related stress and/or spousal argument.
In addition, children can be easily hurt, or abused, by these uncontrollable outbursts, Chen said.
Reprimanding or hitting children during an emotional outburst does not solve problems and can sometimes cause permanent emotional scars in children, she said.
In some cases, children who grow up in an abusive environment tend to exhibit the same kind of behavior with their own children, she added.
The survey, carried out between Sept. 12 and Oct. 23, collected 1,778 eligible samples from middle school students around Taiwan, with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.32 percentage points.
Released on the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse on Nov. 19, the survey was conducted to help raise awareness on the issue of child abuse in Taiwan.
By Phoenix Hsu and Ko Lin