Parental discussion of child sexual abuse: is it associated with the parenting practices of involvement, monitoring, and general communication?

Rudolph, Julie, Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J., Shanley, Dianne C., Walsh, Kerryann, and Hawkins, Russell (2018) Parental discussion of child sexual abuse: is it associated with the parenting practices of involvement, monitoring, and general communication? Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27 (2). pp. 195-216.

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Abstract

We investigated whether parents who reported more positive parenting practices (i.e., monitoring, involvement, and communication) reported more discussion of child sexual abuse (CSA) with their children. Parents from Australia and the UK (N = 248), with children aged 6 to 11 years, completed an online survey. About half of parents reported directly discussing CSA, whereas 35% reported telling their children that CSA perpetrators may be family members. Rates of discussion were higher for other CSA-related topics such as body integrity and abduction. Correlational analyses showed that parents who reported speaking to their children about CSA also reported more positive parenting practices, more discussion of other sensitive topics, and assessed CSA risk for children (in general) to be higher. Discussion of CSA risk was not associated with parents' CSA knowledge, confidence or appraisal of own-child risk. Parents higher in positive parenting believed their children to be at less CSA risk. Parents who appraised higher own-child risk reported less positive parenting practices and were less confident about their parenting and their ability to protect their children from CSA. The findings are the first to report on the associations of parenting practices with parents' CSA discussion with their children.

Item ID: 52773
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1547-0679
Keywords: child sexual abuse; parenting; prevention; discussion
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC LP13010030
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 05:01
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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