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NCJ Number: 229524 Find in a Library
Title: Caregivers’ Efforts to Educate Their Children About Child Sexual Abuse: A Replication Study
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:91-100
Author(s): Esther Deblinger; Reena R. Thakkar-Kolar; Eloise J. Berry; Christine M. Schroeder
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined caregivers' efforts to educate their children about child sexual abuse (CSA).
Abstract: The current investigation examined parental efforts to educate their children about sexual abuse. Approximately 750 surveys were distributed to parents of kindergarten through third grade youngsters (mean age 8.5) in 3 New Jersey elementary schools. Participants were 289 guardians (39 percent response rate) who voluntarily completed a survey assessing demographic characteristics, caregivers’ direct or indirect experience with child sexual abuse, and their efforts to educate their children about the issue. As found previously, parents continue to disproportionately focus on strangers as potential offenders and provide limited information particularly in terms of the nature of sexual abuse and the secrecy associated with it. Parents with no direct or indirect experience with child sexual abuse were least likely to talk with their children about the issue in general and when they did so provided less information. These findings were surprisingly similar to earlier investigations despite methodological and sampling differences across investigations. Implications and limitations of the current survey findings discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Parent and child education
Index Term(s): Attitude measurement; Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse; Parental influence; Victimization surveys
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