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NCJ Number: 202139 Find in a Library
Title: Some Considerations About Sexual Abuse and Children with Sexual Behavior Problems (From Trauma and Sexuality: The Effects of Childhood Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Abuse on Sexual Identity and Behavior, P 83-105, 2002, James A. Chu, and Elizabeth S. Bowman, eds., -- See NCJ-202136)
Author(s): Toni Cavanagh Johnson Ph.D.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Medical Press
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
Sale Source: Haworth Medical Press
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines the etiology of children who engage in deviant sexual behavior.
Abstract: In 1985, treatment programs for children who molest other children began to appear. Relatively little was known about this population and it was assumed that almost all children who sexually abused other children did so because they themselves were victims of childhood sexual abuse. Since the mid-1980’s, a plethora of research has been conducted that shows that not all children who sexually abused other children were victims themselves. Moreover, it was found that there is a wide range of disturbed sexual behaviors in children. The author outlines three categories of disturbed sexual behavior in children, which form a continuum of sexual behavior: sexually-reactive children; children who engage in extensive, mutual sexual behavior; and children who molest. The author describes the diversity of reasons for sexually deviant behaviors in children and shows that not all children who are sexually deviant have been the victims of explicit sexual abuse. Moreover, not all children who have been sexually abused will go on to sexually abuse others during their lifetime. This knowledge should help treatment providers better understand and counsel children who engage in deviant sexual behaviors and children who have been sexually abused. Main points throughout the article are illustrated through case studies. References
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse treatment; Child molesters; Child victims
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