Questions related to Child Sexual Abuse
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onlinePROTECT (led by Dr Hannah Merdian and Prof Derek Perkins) are conducting a research study on Non-Photographic Abuse Imagery (NPAI). NPAI may include computer-generated and drawn images showing child sexual abuse.
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I would like to invite you to participate in completing an online questionnaire (phase 1) of my PhD research. I am a PhD Law and Criminology candidate (Doctorate) from the Institute of Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth. This survey is targeting the general public’s perception of paedophilia, child sexual abuse and prevention strategies. I would really appreciate as many responses as I can gather so please feel free to share the survey link with others who may be interested. Please note: you have to be 18 or over to participate. If you have any questions please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are looking for prevention/intervention programs or good practices about child sexual abuse in early childhood institutions (kindergartens, pre-schools) worldwide. If you know any scientifically proven effective prevention/intervention program please share the relevant papers or pages in English.
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Hi there, I'm wondering if anyone can help with suggestions for
a trauma symptom measure that might be suitable for pre/post intervention use in a service helping men who have been affected by unwanted sexual experiences (may be recent or historical)?
We need to measure pre to post symptom severity so ideally there should be a decent level of sensitivity to change, and feasible to use in routine practice. The service offers both 1:1 counselling and group based interventions.
I'm hoping someone may be able to suggest the magic measure!
Many thanks :-)
I am interested in and in dire need of good questionnaires that measure the perception, knowledge and understanding of Child Sexual Abuse specifically among adults. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Questions included in measures that purport to test the knowledge of CSA prevention in children often employ vague phraseology that is open to misinterpretation. As such, how can these measures be relied upon to accurately assess children's knowledge of CSA prevention?
Here are 4 examples of questions with vague phraseology:
1) "You always have to keep secrets". The child participant is being asked to write down TRUE or FALSE.
Of course, from the perspective of the CSA prevention researcher, there is nothing vague at all about the wording of this question. After all, one of the most basic rules of CSA prevention programs is that NOT all secrets should be kept! Some secrets are good/safe/ok and some secrets are unsafe/bad/no-ok.
So, from the researcher's point of view, if the child answers TRUE, that indicates a lack of CSA prevention knowledge.
But is that really accurate?
Let's try to think about this for a moment from the child's perspective.
Of course, if the child who gave the answer has participated in a CSAPP (=child sexual abuse prevention program) that explicitly talks about different types of secrets and how some secrets are ok and can be kept, whereas others are not safe and should never be kept (which, to the best of my knowledge, basically all CSAPP's do), and that child nevertheless responds TRUE to the above questions, then, yes, it certainly makes sense to say that we have measured that the child did not gain in his knowledge (in this regard) from participating in the CSAPP.
But what if we're talking about a child who has never yet participated in a CSAPP? CSAPP outcome measures are to a great extent based on measuring children's knowledge pre-exposure to the CSAPP and contrasting that score with the score he gets post-exposure to the CSAPP. Ok, so we're talking about a child who has never yet been exposed to a CSAPP, and we're trying to figure out what, if any, CSA prevention knowledge he is lacking. And lo and behold, the child answers TRUE to the above question! There you have it, he is lacking in CSA prevention knowledge! And if post-exposure to the CSAPP he correctly answers FALSE to the above question, then we have proved that the CSAPP is effective in increasing CSA prevention knowledge. Right?
Wrong. At least, in my opinion. Allow me to explain.
The child has never been exposed to a CSAPP. So now we have to try to get into this child's head and figure out what he is probably thinking when he reads the words "secrets" (remember, the wording of the question is, "You always have to keep secrets"). Is it going to cross his mind that the question is inclusive of the following scenario: Friendly man (known to the child) reaches his hand into child's pants and molests child. Man says to child, "Let's keep this our little secret, ok?" So I ask you, is it going to occur to the child - who has never yet participated in a CSAPP - that the question is referring even to such a scenario? Probably not. So what type of scenario is going to occur to the child when he reads the question, "You always have to keep secrets"? In all likelihood, the child is NOT going to interpret the question in the manner that the researcher intended, and the only thing that is going to occur to the child is that the question is talking about innocent secrets that friends share with each other. So, if the chid answers TRUE, is that an indication that he is lacking in CSA prevention knowledge? Not at all!
The very same child who "incorrectly" answered TRUE, would in all likelihood have correctly answered FALSE had the question been worded clearly and specifically. Had the question asked, "You always have to keep secrets, even if it's a secret about how someone touched your private parts", it is very possible that the child would have correctly answered FALSE.
2) "You have to let grown-ups touch you whether you like it or not". Based on the extensive explanation above, it is not hard to imagine that a child who has never been exposed to a CSAPP might not conjure up in his mind the possibility that the question is inclusive of abusive touch. He might be thinking of things like his dad pulling him by the arm (in a non-abusive manner) to bring him to bed despite the child not wanting to go to bed, his mom wiping the ketchup stain off his cheek despite him wanting to immediately go out to play, or the doctor performing an appropriate examination despite the fact that he really would prefer to go without it. So, if the child "incorrectly" answers TRUE because these types of scenarios are the only ones coming up in his mind when he reads the question, does that indicate lack of CSA prevention knowledge? Had the question been worded clearly and specifically, perhaps the result would have been different. For example, if the question would have been worded, "You have to let grown-ups touch you whenever and however they please, even if its your private parts that they want to touch", isn't it possible that the very same child would have correctly answered FALSE?
3) "If a friend's dad asks you to help him find their lost cat, you should go right away with him and help." If a child "incorrectly" answers TRUE, is that an indication of lack of CSA prevention knowledge? How can you assume that the child realizes that the question means "without asking your responsible adult" since the question did not specify that? For all you know, the child may be interpreting the question to be referring to the value of being willing to forgo personal comfort for the sake of helping others? Perhaps the child thinks that the question is just testing to see how much he cares about the value of loving-kindness and helping others, and he is completely unaware that the question is trying to test if he knows that you first have to ask your parent (or other responsible adult) before going anywhere? Isn't it possible that, had the question been worded "If a friend's dad asks you to help him find their lost cat, you should go right away with him and help, and don't take the time to ask your parents permission if you can go", the same child would have correctly answered FALSE?
4) "Someone you know, even a relative, might want to touch your private parts in a way that feels confusing." A child who has never yet been exposed to a CSAPP would almost certainly respond to such a question with a, "What in the world are you talking about?! Hey, buddy, you've got the wrong kid! No-one in my family is messed up and I don't know any messed up people!" So the child would "incorrectly" answer FALSE. But what if the question had been worded to say, "It's not ok for someone to touch your private parts just because you know them or they are your relative", what are the chances that that very same child would not correctly answer FALSE?
The upshot of these challenges to CSA prevention knowledge measures is that they seem to deliberately employ vaguely-worded questions that employ phraseology that only post-exposure-to-CSAPP's children would be familiar with, instead of employing clearcut, specific wording that would make it clear to any child exactly what the question is getting at, and by employing the vague type of phraseology instead of explicit wording, aren't such measures inevitably going to produce unreliable results?
I am doing research upon awareness about child sexual abuse among parents of preschoolers, please suggest some methodology to ask parents about child sexual abuse.
I am currently conducting a systematic review on offender characteristics associated with transnational child sex offending/ "child sex tourism". Is anyone aware of any unpublished/ongoing research that I may be able to include in my study? Any help is greatly appreciated!
I would be grateful to have your opinion about the research priorities in child sexual abuse. I would like to initiate a qualitative study with focus on understanding the separate and synergistic consequences of child sexual abuse on victims.
In Malaysia,There is a whopping number of 37, 263 rape cases, involving girls as young as six, reported from 2000 until 2015. This which means there is an average of eight rape cases reported daily in the country, statistics based on a Parliamentary reply to Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto last year. The shocking statistics showed more than half of the total rape cases were committed against minors between the ages of 13 and 15, with up to 16, 265 victims and followed closely behind by 10, 289 victims over the age of 18. Out of the 37,263 cases, 2,854 victims were sodomized while 4,739 were incest-rape cases. Rape is often debated in the Parliament, with various quarters calling for the government to amend the existing rape laws. Although there so many ways to reduce but there are still cases on sexual abuses. Even parents have important role in protect their own child, still there are some parents are abusing their own child. In this case I would like to find the appropriate way to stop sexual abuse.
In my researching childhood trauma there are many ways to approach treatment and recovery but, is there one true way of dealing with child molestation?
I am working on the link between sexual abuse and gastrointestinal disorders. I would like to make a survey. Therefore I am looking for a brief standardized screening instrument - in English, or eventually in German. The study will be conducted in Austria.
I am looking for some article about the use of "NICHD protocol interview" with mental retardation children.
I am trying to venture into the recent debates on the issue. I am have data to see the effects of gender on the ways adolescents cope with sexual abuse in vulnerable situations. I would like to know what groundbreaking theoretical work has been done on the same in very recent years.
I am currently working on a project which will explore the impact on the child regarding the disclosure of their therapy notes for court proceedings in sexual abuse cases.
I am doing a study on the issues and dilemmas interviewers endures when interviewing preschool children that are alleged to have been sexually abused.
Currently I am investigating the magnitude of sexual violence incidents in children (adolescents) aged 18 and below at an urban setting. My data source was a hospital's rape clinic register. The preliminary data came up with an alarming rate of completed rape incidents and the majority of victims were below the age of 10. Among these 30% of the children were boys. Since the data was a hospital's register it could not be representative of those who did never report to the hospital or any where else. To make a meaningful use of the data I decided to follow it further and find out what the legal system did with the cases reported to it. I wanted proportions of prosecuted incidents among those reported to the police. There were no researches in my country that tried to answer this question. The problem is however, sexual violence is considered a private matter and little attention is given to preventing it by authorities due to which I could not get an assistance from the local government to peruse the study. I am trying to access some sort of solution to this challenge if some one happens to read this and had similar problem before and know how to solve it. I can attach my research protocol if requested even for review by members.
The Act would mandate every adult "witnessing" an act of sexual abuse on a child to report it or face criminal penalties.
I am currently working on a manual for perceptual screening (psychological tests: memory - attention etc) for child victims of sexual abuse in Greece. I am looking for material (books, reports, articles, guidelines) about the neuropsychological assessment before the forensic interview or (before) the courtroom testimony. The objective of this assessment is the preparation of child witnesses and the evaluation of his/her credibility according his/her developmental stage.
Any suggestions regarding tests, screening tools?
There appear to be correlations among the symptomology of child sexual abuse with ADHD, PDD, ASD, ODD, Bipolar, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Has anyone found other correlative misdiagnoses?