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NCJ Number: 120355 Find in a Library
Title: Why Sexual Abuse? An Exploration of the Intergenerational Hypothesis
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:543-548
Author(s): K C Faller
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In a clinical sample of 154 cases of intrafamilial sexual abuse, the issue of sexual abuse in the family backgrounds of offenders and mothers of victims is explored.
Abstract: More than a third of the offenders and about half of the mothers had experienced or been exposed to sexual abuse as children. Cases were divided into those where the sexual abuser was the biological father in an intact family, those where he was a stepfather or mother's live-in partner, and those where he was a noncustodial father. In biological father cases, parents were about equally likely to have experienced sexual abuse during childhood. The mother was more likely to have had such an experience in the stepfather/live-in partner cases. And, the offender was more likely to have come from a sexually abusive family in the noncustodial father cases. 3 tables, 29 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse causes
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Environmental influences; Social Learning
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