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NCJ Number: 148158 Find in a Library
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:331- 340
Author(s): R M Bergner; L K Delgado; D Graybill
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Finkelhor's (1979) Risk Factor Checklist was assessed as a predictor of childhood sexual abuse.
Abstract: Subjects were 411 female students, mean age 19.3 years, attending Illinois State University. Overall 100 (24.3 percent) indicated that they had been sexually abused. Eight items in the checklist were supposed to indicate increased risk: 1) having a stepfather; 2) separation from mother; 3) lack of closeness to mother; 4) low education of mother; 5) family income less than $10,000; 6) lack of physical affection from father; 7 Mother sexually punitive; and 8) having no more than two good friends. Only one of these items, low family income, proved predictive. The authors, therefore, advise caution in trying to predict the presence of sexual abuse. 1 table, 27 references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child Sexual Abuse; Criminology
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