Profiles of child sexual abuse cases in Ireland: an archival study

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Title: Profiles of child sexual abuse cases in Ireland: an archival study
Authors: Nolan, Margretta
O'Flaherty, Anne
Turner, Rhonda
Keary, Kay
Fitzpatrick, Carol
Carr, Alan
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Date: Apr-2002
Online since: 2014-01-28T09:16:05Z
Abstract: Objective: This study aimed to profile subgroups of CSA cases referred for assessment at two national CSA assessment centers in Ireland. Method: Historical and clinical data for 150 CSA cases were drawn from records of two Dublin-based national specialist sexual abuse assessment and therapeutic centers. Three main comparisons were made involving: (1) 113 confirmed CSA cases and 37 unconfirmed CSA cases, (2) 55 confirmed CSA cases that displayed clinically significant behavior problems, and the 56 confirmed CSA cases without significant adjustment difficulties, and (3) 19 confirmed CSA cases in which violence was a central feature, and 79 confirmed cases in which violence was not a central feature. Results: There were three main findings. (1) More unconfirmed cases were male; had single or separated parents; and a father with a criminal history. As a group, the confirmed cases were largely youngsters who had been abused by male adults or adolescents outside their nuclear family and who subsequently were well supported by one or two parents. (2) Poorly adjusted CSA victims had a history of coercive violent abuse while better adjusted children were victims of nonviolent abuse. (3) Victims of violent CSA were more likely to have experienced penetrative abuse and to display more externalizing behavior problems. Conclusions: Confirmed and unconfirmed CSA cases, well and poorly adjusted CSA cases, and victims of violent and nonviolent CSA referred for assessment at two national CSA assessment centers in Ireland had distinctive clinical profiles.
Funding Details: Health Research Board
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Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Start page: 333
End page: 348
Copyright (published version): 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Keywords: Child sexual abuseIrish CSA victimsArchival CSA study
DOI: 10.1016/S0145-2134(02)00312-5
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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