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NCJ Number: 168311 Find in a Library
Title: Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and Their Caregivers: Demographics, Functioning, and Clinical Patterns
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:9  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1997)  Pages:267-290
Author(s): A Gray; A Busconi; P Houchens; W D Pithers
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr on Child Abuse and Neglect
McLean, VA 22102
Vermont Dept of Social and Rehabilitative Services
Waterbury, VT 05676
Grant Number: 90-CA-1470
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the histories of children who have exhibited sexual behavior problems and the children's caregivers and extended families.
Abstract: This article, the first report from a 5-year demonstration project, reports baseline data concerning the demographics, psychological adjustment and victimization and perpetration histories of 72 6- to 12-year-old children who have engaged in sexual misbehavior; it also reports information regarding the children's caregivers and extended families. The data clearly demonstrate that families of children with sexual behavior problems are marked by an array of characteristics indicative of parental and familial distress, including: (1) violence between parents; (2) sexual victimization and perpetration with the extended family; (3) physical abuse of the children who have exhibited sexual behavior problems; (4) children who have witnessed violence between their parents; (5) parental arrest; (6) denial of responsibility for sexual abuse by members of the extended family; (7) poverty; (8) special educational services; (9) prior therapy for children; and (10) clinical scores on behavioral rating instruments. In addition, several significant differences emerged between younger children (6-9 years) and older children (10-12). Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Domestic assault; Family offenses; Home environment; Psychosexual behavior; Sexual behavior
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