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NCJ Number: 156877 Find in a Library
Title: Childhood Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Child Sexual Abuse: Results of a Canadian Survey of Three Professional Groups
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:1019-1029
Author(s): B H Thomas; E Jamieson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Dept of National Health and Welfare
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B4, Canada
Grant Number: H4001-8-2055/01/SS
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A national survey sought to determine the knowledge and attitudes of Canadian health and social service professionals about the occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in children and its implications for child sexual abuse.
Abstract: A questionnaire was mailed to a random sample of 4,500 nurses, physicians, and youth/social workers across the country. Response rates varied from over 60 percent of the nurses and youth/social workers to 38 percent of the physicians. Results revealed that nurses and youth/social workers were younger than physicians, had a proportionately higher number of females within their groups, and more often reported that they had or might have been sexually abused as children. Although no statistically significant difference existed among the groups on the composite knowledge score, physicians scored higher than the other two groups on knowledge about STDs; youth/social workers had the highest knowledge scores about sexual abuse. The groups also differed somewhat in their attitudes. Overall, a relatively low proportion of the participants reported confidence in their ability to treat children with STDs or child sexual abuse. Tables and 30 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Canada; Child abuse detection; Child Sexual Abuse; Crime in foreign countries; Medical evaluation; Sexual assault victims; Sexually transmitted diseases
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