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Title: International Epidemiology of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:409- 417
Author(s): D Finkelhor
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Boy Scouts of America
Irving, TX 75038
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the nature and prevalence of child sexual abuse internationally and the state of comparative research, using findings from a number of surveys.
Abstract: Through reviews of the literature and personal contacts with researchers in a variety of countries, the author identified approximately 24 epidemiological surveys conducted on large nonclinical populations outside of North America. The studies come primarily from English-speaking and Northern European countries, which may reflect both the level of resources for social science research in these countries and their access to the North American source material; however, studies have also been done in at least three Spanish-language countries (Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Spain) and in Greece. The studies vary in scope and quality and range from sophisticated national probability samples and household interview studies to local convenience sample studies of university students, using self-administered questionnaires. Considering that in the United States there have been only two and in Canada only one national survey, it is impressive that eight other countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden) have done surveys with national probability samples. All studies have found child sexual abuse rates in line with comparable North American research, ranging from 7 percent to 36 percent for women and 3 percent to 29 percent for men. Most studies found females to be abused at 1 1/2 to 3 times the rate for males. Few comparisons between and among countries are possible because of methodological and definitional differences; however, they clearly indicate sexual abuse to be an international problem. 2 tables and 55 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Foreign crime statistics
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