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NCJ Number: 236146 Find in a Library
Title: Changes in the Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse, Its Risk Factors, and Their Associations as a Function of Age Cohort in a Finnish Population Sample
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:35  Issue:7  Dated:July 2011  Pages:480-490
Author(s): Toni Laaksonen; Heikki Sariola; Ada Johansson; Patrick Jern; Markus Varjonen; Betgtina von der Pahlen; N. Kenneth Sandnabba; Pekka Santtila
Date Published: July 2011
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Academy of Finland
00501 Helsinki, Finland
Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi Foundation
Grant Number: 210298;121232;21/22/05
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This Finnish study examined the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) experiences among 4,561 Finnish men and 8,361 women as a function of cohort and gender; the prevalence of factors associated with CSA as a function of cohort and whether the association of these factors with CSA remained the same irrespective of cohort; and whether any cohort differences could be explained by cohort differences in reporting bias.
Abstract: The findings suggest that there is a decline in the prevalence of CSA in Finland, and it is associated with a simultaneous decline in factors associated with CSA. The prevalence of CSA varied between 0.7-4.6 percent for men and 1.8-7.5 percent for women, depending on the item. Younger cohorts reported less CSA and less of the risk factors (physical neglect and abuse, emotional neglect and abuse, parental substances abuse, and not growing up with both biological parents) that were positively associated with the likelihood of CSA. The effects of these risk factors did not vary as a function of the cohort. Also, the declining trend was not explained by social desirability being higher in the younger cohort. This study used the responses of Finnish participants who responded to the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire - Short Form, as well as questions regarding family structure. 4 tables and 54 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Child Sexual Abuse; Finland; Foreign criminal justice research; Offense statistics; Trend analysis
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