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NCJ Number: 183755 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (From Battered Child, Fifth Edition, P 615-626, 1997, Mary E. Helfer, Ruth S. Kempe, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-183728)
Author(s): David Finkelhor Ph.D.; Deborah Daro D.S.W
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Initiatives to prevent child sexual abuse have followed a very different course from those aimed at preventing other forms of child abuse.
Abstract: While various strategies, including public education, have been adopted to prevent child abuse in general, the most common approaches are distinguished by three qualities: (1) primary goal is to identify situations with a high risk for child abuse; (2) intervention focuses on changing the attitudes and behaviors of perpetrators; and (3) services provided are relatively similar in nature to the treatment provided to individuals who have been abused. In contrast, efforts to prevent sexual abuse have taken a different direction. The main focus of sexual abuse prevention has been to disseminate school-based curriculum materials for elementary school children, prevention has targeted potential victims rather than perpetrators, and prevention has little similarity to the treatment offered to victims and families who have actually suffered sexual abuse. Strengths and weaknesses of child sexual abuse prevention education are noted, and research evidence on child sexual abuse prevention programs is reported. Various approaches to child sexual abuse prevention are described that focus on parent education and social change. 26 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; Juvenile educational services; Parent education; Sexual assault victims
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