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NCJ Number: 118379 Find in a Library
Title: Children's Sexual Behaviors and Their Relationship to Sexual Abuse (From Vulnerable Populations: Evaluation and Treatment of Sexually Abused Children and Adult Survivors, Volume 1, P 1-24, 1988, Suzanne M Sgroi, ed. -- See NCJ-118378)
Author(s): S M Sgroi; B S Bunk; C J Wabrek
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Sale Source: Lexington Books
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United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses the normal and age-appropriate sexual behaviors for children at various developmental stages, a child's behavior that suggests sexual victimization, and when a child's sexual behavior with others is abusive.
Abstract: In discussing normative sexual behaviors at various developmental stages (0-5 years, 6-10 years, 10-12 years, and 13-18 years), the chapter examines behaviors in touching oneself, looking at others in stages of undress, and touching others. The chapter notes that acting-out or dysfunctional behaviors may be symptoms of sexual victimization in children but are not direct indicators. Three direct behavioral indicators of child sexual abuse, however, include excessive masturbation, promiscuity, and the sexual abuse of another person. A methodology of assessing sexually abusive behavior by children is presented. It involves the complaint status (has a complaint of sexual abuse been made), behavioral indicators of sexual abuse, compliance with developmental norms for sexual behavior, the relative power positions of participants, the use of force or intimidation, ritualistic or sadistic behaviors, and secrecy. 8 references.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child victims
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