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NCJ Number: 155564 Find in a Library
Title: Child Sexual Abuse: The Female Victim's Relationship With Her Nonoffending Mother
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:729- 738
Author(s): B B Lovett
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sixty female victims of child sexual abuse were studied with respect to their perceptions of their relationships with their nonoffending mothers.
Abstract: The participants were ages 7-12 and were interviewed within a few weeks of disclosure. Data were collected by means of the Parental Acceptance/Rejection Questionnaire and the Child Behavior Checklist by Achenbach. Sexual abuse variables related to the nature of the sexual abuse were also analyzed. Contrary to much of the child sexual abuse literature, which suggests a hostile and rejecting relationship, results revealed that the victims perceived a warm and accepting relationship with their mothers. Sexually abused children who perceived lower levels of maternal rejection had higher competency ratings and fewer behavior problems compared to victims who perceived higher levels of maternal rejection. Abusing involving force by the offender was correlated with lower competency in the victims. More violent abuse was also correlated with externalizing behavior problems and sexual behavior problems. Tables and 35 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Female victims; Parent-Child Relations; Parental attitudes; Victim attitudes
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