Date of Award

Fall 12-12-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Xiangming Fang

Second Advisor

Jidong Huang


In this study, extensive data from the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS) conducted between 2004-2009 was used to investigate the impact of violence against children on human capital within South Africa, through its impact on education and health of victims of physical and emotional abuse. The results of this study revealed a significant negative relationship between physical and emotional violence against children and their health and education, such that victims of either physical or emotional violence experienced increasingly poorer health and education levels, which lingered from childhood into adulthood. These results contribute pertinent knowledge to the existing body of work on the prevalence and consequences of violence against children and indicate significant adverse implications for South Africa's human capital due to the relationship between the human capital value and societal development. Therefore, this study proposes capacity building and awareness strategies, which can mitigate violence against children and ensure the health and well-being of children in the nation are protected.