An exploratory qualitative study of the self-reported impact of female-perpetrated childhood sexual abuse

Deering, Rebecca and Mellor, David 2011, An exploratory qualitative study of the self-reported impact of female-perpetrated childhood sexual abuse, Journal of child sexual abuse, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 58-76.

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Title An exploratory qualitative study of the self-reported impact of female-perpetrated childhood sexual abuse
Author(s) Deering, Rebecca
Mellor, David
Journal name Journal of child sexual abuse
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 58
End page 76
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1053-8712
1547-0679
Keyword(s) female perpetrated sexual abuse
impact
qualitative study
victims
Summary The limited findings on the impact of female-perpetrated sexual abuse of children are often contradictory, particularly in relation to males. In this exploratory qualitative study, a sample of nine men and five women who reported that they had been sexually abused by women in their childhood were recruited from the general community. They completed a questionnaire that asked them to describe various aspects of their abuse experiences and the perceived consequences. For both men and women, the abuse was associated with negative outcomes across a range of functional areas in both childhood and adulthood. Many impacts were similar to those reported by victims of male-perpetrated sexual abuse. It is argued that the consequences of female-perpetrated child sexual abuse are serious, and further research is required to bring these issues to the awareness of both the public and professionals working in the field of child protection and counseling.
Language eng
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30038867

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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