Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (J Child Sex Abuse)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse is interdisciplinary and interfaces among researchers, academicians, attorneys, clinicians, and practitioners. The journal advocates for increased networking in the sexual abuse field, greater dissemination of information and research, a higher priority for this international epidemic, and development of effective assessment, intervention, and prevention programs. Divided into sections to provide clear information, the journal covers research issues, clinical issues, legal issues, prevention programs, case studies, and brief reports, focusing on three subject groups - child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse or incest, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or incest, and sexual abuse or incest offenders. Research, treatment approaches and techniques, prevention, intervention, and other programs concerning any of these groups are general categories of the published articles and brief reports. The articles emphasize applying research, treatment, and interventions to practical situations so the importance of the results will be clear. The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse covers a wide array of important topics, including: effectiveness of treatment and interview techniques, use of assessment methods and self-report measures, including plethysmography for offenders, evaluation of sexual abuse allegations, forensic issues and "expert testimony" characteristics and identification of male and female offenders, survivors, and victims, long-term effects of sexual abuse, prevention programs and their effectiveness, intrafamily versus extrafamily abuse, ritualized abuse, PTSD, dissociative and multiple personality disorders related to sexual abuse, chemical dependency and eating disorders related to sexual abuse, ethnic and multicultural issues, the backlash movement and its effects on clinicians, effectiveness of legal, criminal justice, medical, social, and clinical intervention programs. Additional topics include international policy and decisionmaking with respect to sexual abuse, school and family interventions, theoretical models and their applications, psychopharmacology, ethical issues, training issues, mandatory reporting, and legal issues.

Current impact factor: 0.75

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5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 7.10
Immediacy index 0.05
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Journal of Child Sexual Abuse website
Other titles Journal of child sexual abuse
ISSN 1053-8712
OCLC 22683562
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

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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.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(1):55-76. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.981352
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    ABSTRACT: The media play an important role in practice, policy, and public perception of child sexual abuse, in part by the way in which news stories are framed. Child sexual abuse media coverage over the past 50 years can be divided into five time periods based on the types of stories that garnered news coverage and the ways in which public policy was changed. This systematic literature review of research on child sexual abuse media coverage across disciplines and geographic boundaries examines 16 studies published in the English language from 1995 to 2012. A seminal work is identified, citation network analysis is applied, and a framework model is developed.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(1):16-34. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.976302
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    ABSTRACT: Although recent years have seen an increase in the range of child sexual abuse prevention programs delivered in schools, there have been relatively few efficacy studies. Those conducted have focused primarily on intrinsic child factors and have often lacked an explicit theoretical framework. We offer resiliency theory as a useful and apposite theoretical framework for program evaluation. Resiliency theory suggests that a wider range of factors should be considered, including intrinsic (personal characteristics) and extrinsic (environmental) factors. Such factors may increase risk or, alternatively, protect children from the negative effects of adversity. We argue that a resiliency perspective to efficacy studies should recognize a long-term view on children's capacity to cope and can employ both standardized and contextual resiliency-informed measures.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(1):77-96. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.990175
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    ABSTRACT: This is a systematic case study of the psychological assessment and treatment of Zinhle (19), a Black South African student with posttraumatic stress disorder, following a rape at age 10. Treatment was based on Ehlers and Clark's (2000) cognitive therapy, a flexible formulation driven model. The study documented the secondary trauma experienced by families following child sexual abuse and showed how treatment not only needed to target the trauma memory but also the ruptured relationships within and outside the family. This was done within the framework of Tarrier and Humphreys's (2004) social cognitive model. At the end of treatment Zinhle no longer met criteria for PTSD, and the narrative supports Ehlers and Clark's model as well as the social cognitive model.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(2):174-94. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.997412
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    ABSTRACT: The recent commentary by Ross (2015) addresses concerns regarding the newly created Paraphilic Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, and "inconsistencies." The author's statements reflect notable confusion regarding issues related to human sexuality and the categories thereof in the DSM-5 (e.g., gender dysphoria and pedophilic disorder). This is a response to Ross's commentary.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(2):202-9. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.1004294
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    ABSTRACT: The impact of child sexual abuse on the adult self is not yet clearly understood. We explored adult perspectives through the use of narrative interviews (N = 30). Three key themes or views of self were identified in all narratives to varying degrees: the worthless self, the self as unknown, and the potential/developing self. Ambivalence and tension were present in all narratives. Individuals were challenged to integrate the sexual abuse experience in a constructive way and develop a more coherent perception of the self. The narrative method highlighted the dynamic nature of peoples' experiences at the same time recognizing that the narratives themselves are in progress. Reactions to disclosure, social support, and interpersonal connections are crucial at every turn.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(2):135-51. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.1001473
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    ABSTRACT: There are a number of problems with the sexual disorders sections of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition. These problems must be understood in a historical context, namely the evolution of criteria for psychosexual disorders from DSM-II (1968) to DSM-5 (2013). There are many inconsistencies in the DSM-5 criteria for different sexual disorders. Given these inconsistencies-and the history of diagnostic criteria for homosexuality and gender identity disorder from DSM-II to DSM-5-it is possible that, like homosexuality, DSM-5 gender dysphoria could disappear from future editions of the manual. Even if that does not happen, there are numerous problems with the DSM-5 sexual disorders that require attention.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(2):195-201. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.997411
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    ABSTRACT: With every Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that has been published, there has been controversy within controversy; however, what appears to be lacking is the importance of truly understanding what, why, and how the changes impact the community at large. Issues such as homosexuality, the five axial diagnostic system, and transitioning from a medical model to a biopsychosocial model have been hot topics that have led clinicians to challenge the reliability and validity of the manual throughout history. As clinicians and medical professionals, it is important to objectively look at the manual and become educated on how and why these changes exist. With that being said, this commentary aims to challenge the article " Problems with the Sexual Disorders Sections of DSM-5" by Colin A. Ross (2015). The structure of this commentary purposefully mirrors the structure of the commentary that it is challenging.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 01/2015; 24(2):210-5. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2015.1004293
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine youths' perceptions of statutory victimization relationships and youths' experience interacting with professionals. In-person qualitative interviews were conducted with 22 youths identified as statutory rape victims by two child advocacy centers. Using grounded theory, interviews were coded thematically using constant comparison analysis. The discussion of the relationship dynamics suggested a great deal of variation. Some youths described the relationships in exploitive terms. However, more typically, the interviewed youth described the relationship as reciprocal, even some time after it had ended. The professional intervention often resulted in feelings of helplessness for the youth. The results suggest creative and flexible protocols are needed for handling these cases that recognize adolescents' developing autonomy.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 12/2014; 23(8):935-56. DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.960635
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The study aimed to examine the role of dissociation (persisting vs. peritraumatic) in self-injurious behavior (SIB) among at-risk Israeli female adolescents. In addition, the relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA), depression, dissociation, and potency was investigated. A convenience sample of 93 female adolescents aged 12 years to 18 years were recruited from institutions for at-risk adolescent girls in Israel. Participants were administered an anonymous self-report questionnaire that included six measures: Demographics, Dissociative Experiences Scale (H-DES), Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), The Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire (PDEQ), The Traumatic Events Questionnaire (TEQ), and the Potency Scale. Results indicated that childhood sexual abuse increases the risk for SIB more than three-fold. Higher levels of persisting dissociation were found among those who reported CSA compared to no-CSA girls. SIB was predicted by persistent dissociation. Girls who engaged in SIB had lower potency and higher depression levels, regardless of CSA history.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 08/2014; 23(7). DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.950399
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract We examined correlations of child sexual abuse (CSA) among 300 adolescent girls in psychiatric inpatient treatment. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) -based psychiatric diagnoses were obtained from the Schedule for Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children-Present and Lifetime (K-SADS-PL) and data on family and behavioral characteristics from the European Addiction Severity Index (EuropASI). A total of 79 girls (26.3%) had experienced CSA during their lifetime. CSA was associated with an adolescent's home environment, sibling status, smoking, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis, self-mutilating behavior, and suicidal behavior. At least 62% of the perpetrators were acquaintances of the victims. Correlates of CSA can be used to identify CSA victims and persons at heightened risk for CSA.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 08/2014; 23(7). DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.950401
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Sibling incest is a serious form of intra-familial sexual abuse with health, social and legal relevance. A retrospective study was conducted, through the analysis of forensic medical reports of the alleged sibling incest of victims under 18 years old (n=68) from 2004 to 2011, as well as the respective judicial outcomes. Results demonstrated that sibling's sexual abuse is associated with several circumstances that might exacerbate its severity such as vaginal, anal and/or oral penetration. Moreover, the victim's young age, the proximity between victim and abuser, and the fact that it is committed at victim's and/or abuser's home and by using physical violence and verbal threats, justify a late detection of these cases.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 08/2014; 23(7). DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.949394
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The objective of this study was to ascertain beliefs and knowledge of pediatricians and parents regarding the hymen and to evaluate parental and pediatrician attitudes regarding sex education by pediatricians. Surveys were distributed anonymously to parents and pediatricians. Survey questions included knowledge of the female hymen and questions regarding attitudes toward sexual health education. There was a statistically significant difference in mean knowledge scores between pediatricians and parents regarding the hymen (3.7 versus 1.3; p < 0.0001). Almost two-thirds of pediatricians (63%) felt comfortable providing sexual health education directly to their patients, but only 41% felt comfortable educating parents. Pediatricians and parents demonstrate knowledge gaps about the hymen.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 06/2014; DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.928399
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Child sexual abuse (CSA) in the Catholic Church has been increasingly recognized as a problem not limited to individual institutions. Recent inquiry commission reports provide substantial information on offense dynamics, but their conclusions have not been synthesized with empirical research to date. The aim of this systematic literature review was to bring together key findings and identify gaps in the evidence base. The three main focus points were: (a) types of publications and methodology used, (b) frequency information on CSA in the Catholic Church, (c) individual factors in offending, and (d) institutional factors. It was found that reports, legal assessments, and research on CSA within the Catholic Church provide extensive descriptive and qualitative information for five different countries. This includes individual psychological factors (static risk predictors, multiple trajectories) and institutional factors (opportunity, social dynamics), as well as prevalence rates illustrating a high "dark figure" of CSA.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 06/2014; DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.929607
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract This research paper attempts to explore the cultural and patriarchal relevance of child sexual abuse in a conservative town in India, with a special interest in understanding the current problems experienced by teenage girls in India. A questionnaire was distributed to 100 respondents who belonged to Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Thiruparangundram, Madurai. The questionnaire was developed with special reference to the female protagonist, Lily in Jaishree Misra's Secrets & Lies. The resulting research paper also includes an e-interview with Jaishree Misra. The researchers hypothesize that change can be envisioned when the social conscience is awakened to cruel events that happen in the Indian population. Change regarding social events must go even further to allow children to blossom and experience the joys of childhood.
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 06/2014; DOI:10.1080/10538712.2014.929606