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NCJ Number: 120860 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal: American Psychologist  Volume:44  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:1266-1275
Author(s): N D Reppucci; J J Haugaard
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Programs developed to prevent child sexual abuse have proliferated as a result of increased public awareness and professional documentation of its incidence.
Abstract: This article describes the content and format of these prevention programs in general and examines selected programs for effectiveness. Most evaluations suffer from basic design problems and present few results indicative of either primary prevention or detection. Overall, self-protection against sexual abuse is a very complex process for any child. Few, if any, prevention programs are comprehensive enough to have a meaningful impact on the process. Several untested assumptions that guide these programs are discussed. The conclusions about whether prevention programs are working or even if they are more beneficial than harmful remain unclear. 47 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention training; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child protection services
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