Attitudes of health professionals to child sexual abuse and incest

  • Gothard S
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Abstract

Investigated attitudes on child sexual abuse, using a combination of experimental and survey methodologies. Four case histories were issued to 299 health visitors, nurses and staff dealing with offenders and victims, and medical students (aged 18-59 yrs). Ss completed a questionnaire on topics relating to the cases and to incest in general. Results show that the type of sexual activity involved (e.g., intercourse vs fondling) influenced responses more than type of relationship between adult and child. Estimates of incest were low, but incest was considered harmful to the victim, especially by female Ss. (French abstract) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Child Abuse
  • *Health Personnel Attitudes
  • *Incest
  • *Sexual Abuse
  • Adulthood
  • Aged
  • Attitudes
  • Female
  • Health
  • History
  • Human
  • Incest
  • Medical Personnel
  • Methodology
  • Nurses
  • Responses
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Students

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  • Sol Gothard

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