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Child Sexual Abuse: Its Scope and Our Failure by Rebecca M. Bolen

By Rebecca M. Bolen

Baby sexual abuse has develop into a well-known subject of research and dialogue within the fields of kid Psychology, Pediatrics, legislations Enforcement, and Social paintings. yet in spite of the frequent wisdom of identifiable habit in its sufferers and abusers, society's reaction to baby sexual abuse is failing profoundly.
Rebecca Bolen's authoritative e-book, Child Sexual Abuse: Its Scope and Our Failure, sincerely defines the scope of kid sexual abuse and addresses society's skill to reply to the matter. it really is her thesis that society's reaction to baby sexual abuse is failing as the guidelines, courses, and statutes designed to evaluate and establish abuse are grounded in old and myth-bound theoretical baby sexual abuse literature instead of within the empirical wisdom base. This accomplished textual content on baby sexual abuse covers:

  • The old conceptualization of kid sexual abuse, beginning with Freud.
  • A evaluation of the empirical literature at the prevalence and incidence of kid sexual abuse.
  • The specialist reaction to baby sexual abuse.
  • The such a lot subtle version of possibility of kid sexual abuse performed up to now.
  • Two new types of figuring out reactions by way of nonoffending guardians.
  • The pervasiveness of the specter of extrafamilial abuse. £/LIST£ this article is split into 3 major components of dialogue: Sociohistorical Context, Scope of the matter, and Aftermath.
    This finished evaluation can be utilized not just as a textual content, but additionally as a major reference for execs in executive, legislations enforcement, clinical, psychological wellbeing and fitness, and any business enterprise that works with baby sexual abuse offenders and victims.
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    Single mothers on welfare are now required to return to work, although the so-called welfare reform laws often exclude the resources these women need to find employment sufficient to afford safe child care. Although findings remain inconsistent, some community prevalence surveys suggest that children are at greater risk of abuse when their mothers work than when they do not, and this relationship is especially apparent for children living only with females (Bolen, 1998b). It may be that these findings reflect an issue of supervision as children lose the protective influence of their mothers and sometimes, safe alternative caretakers.

    Eisenberg, Owens, and Dewey (1987) also found that just more than half of medical personnel attached some blame to the victim. 65 (Jackson & Sandberg, 1985; Saunders, 1988). Even studies published in the 1990s, however, continue to find that 12% to 45% of professionals attribute some responsibility to the victim (Kalichman, Craig, & Folingstad, 1990; Kelley, 1990). One of these studies (Reidy & Hochstadt, 1993) concluded that mental health professionals do not blame victims. Yet, while the allocation of blame to the victim was low (below 30%), 37% of male respondents and 24% of female respondents did allocate some blame to the victim.

    Occasional literature published in the 1990s also alludes to the daughter’s culpability. For example, Lacey (1990) found that 18 of 112 female bulimic patients asked about a history of either incestuous abuse or incestuous fantasies reported experiencing incestuous feelings or fantasies and, “for two, the fantasies were in part acted out” (p. 400). The researchers suggested that “the relationship [between incestuous fantasies and actual abuse] can become blurred to the point of being indistinguishable, particularly if the patient has incorporated such thoughts into neurotic conflict” (p.

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