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NCJ Number: 142290 Find in a Library
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(March-April 1993)  Pages:191-196
Author(s): H A Georgopoulou
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 6
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and UNICEF sponsored the Third European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in June 1991.
Abstract: The conference presenters consistently projected parent- child interactions onto the interactions of the State and professionals in their role of caring for families and children. Five primary elements of child sexual abuse that are harmful to these relationships were identified: traumatic penetration, threat to identity, psychological maltreatment, exploitation, and adaptation. Cross-cultural analyses revealed that each State's role in child sexual abuse is related to its historic development, present ideological and socioeconomic situation, and specific problems it encounters. Some of the countries discussed at the conference included Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Holland, Italy, Israel, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the U.S. The goals identified at the conference addressed both the macro and micro levels. Child abuse needs to be analyzed within the context of family violence. Broader issues -- the unequal distribution of power between men and women, adults and children, rich and poor -- must be considered. Long-term goals should be to increase the value of childhood and develop and enhance legal systems that would recognize the primacy of developmental needs and promote self-esteem.
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Domestic violence causes
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Child Sexual Abuse; Cross-cultural analyses; Europe
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