How parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse: a grounded theory

Babatsikos, Georgia, and Miles, Debra (2015) How parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse: a grounded theory. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (1). pp. 55-76.

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to understand how parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse, including prevention as well as early intervention and detection strategies. Using a social constructivist theoretical foundation and grounded theory methods, qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with Australian parents between 2006 and 2008. Based on the data, a balance theory was developed, which explains how parents attempt to balance the type of information given to children in order to protect their children from sexual abuse without scaring them as well as how parents manage sexual boundary crossing incidents experienced by their children in the context of complex social relationships. Implications for prevention programs as well as reporting of child sexual abuse are discussed.

Item ID: 36719
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: child sexual abuse, parents, grounded theory, prevention, early intervention, social constructivism, Australia
ISSN: 1547-0679
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 00:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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