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Title: Parental Response to Child Sexual Abuse Trials Involving Day Care Settings (From Child Trauma I Issues and Research, P 259-271, 1992, Ann Wolbert Burgess, ed. -- See NCJ-137060)
Author(s): A W Burgess; C R Hartman; S J Kelley; C A Grant; E B Gray
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Grant Number: 90-CA-1273; 88-VR-GX-K001
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reports on a study that examined the stress responses of parents to whether or not their children testified in a sexual abuse trial against defendants from a day care center.
Abstract: The study used a convenience sample of parents (65 mothers and 46 fathers) of 67 children who were sexually abused in 16 child care settings in 12 States. The sexual abuse of each of the child subjects was substantiated by the agency responsible for the investigation of the allegation of sexual abuse in each jurisdiction. Parents completed a questionnaire and the SCL-90-R, Impact of Events Scale, and the Life Events Survey. Parents of 17 testifying children presented higher symptoms of psychological distress than parents of 50 nontestifying children sexually abused in day care centers. The reported stress was higher in fathers than in mothers. Following disclosure of their child's sexual abuse, stressful life events of death in the family, loss of income, and separation were associated with parents of testifying children. The need for trauma-specific interventions for parents to assist in their adjustment to their child's trauma is indicated by these findings. 2 tables and 29 references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Parental attitudes
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Juvenile witnesses; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
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