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Problem sexual behaviour in children: a review of the literature

O'Brien, Wendy 2008, Problem sexual behaviour in children: a review of the literature, Australian Crime Commission, Canberra, ACT.

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Title Problem sexual behaviour in children: a review of the literature
Author(s) O'Brien, Wendy
Publication date 2008-09
Total pages 56
Publisher Australian Crime Commission
Place of publication Canberra, ACT
Keyword(s) psychological services
sexualised behaviours
sex offences
service provision
counselling
childhood trauma
structural inequality
Summary    Although there is an under-acknowledgement of the issue in Australia there is a large body of international scholarship on juveniles who exhibit sexually violent or coercive behaviours toward other juveniles. Research undertaken in the United States and the United Kingdom emphasises options for clinical treatment, the logistics of coordinating multi agency response, and the causes and correlatives for coercive sexual behaviours in adolescents. Much of this literature has tended to focus on adolescents and there is an urgent need for increased studies on young children engaging in problem sexual behaviour.

   The smaller body of work published in Australia also favours adolescents rather than children with much of this work heavily influenced by international clinical studies. There are, however, a handful of reports based on Australian practitioner data that do focus on young children who engage in problem sexual behaviour. This literature surveys and evaluates the very limited number of existing therapeutic programs in Australia, and provides interview data with practitioners working with children exhibiting problem sexual behaviour. In the main, this research reinforces the findings of the internationa scholarship, both in terms of the contributing factors to problem sexual activity in children, but also in terms of the need for multi-faceted and contextually based cognitive behavioural therapeutic programs in response. More importantly, this burgeoning field of study indicates how far we have to go both in understanding the extent of the problem in Australia and in fashioning appropriate programs for prevention and intervention. Dr Joe Tucci is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF), an organisation that has taken a lead in responding to childhood problem sexual behaviour. Tucci et al., (2006) claim an urgent need for investment in a dedicated research and response agenda (Staiger et al., 2005b). To effectively address this issue researchers and practitioners require comprehensive empirical data on problem sexual behaviour in children across all sectors of Australian society, including Indigenous communities.

ISBN 0646502689
9780646502687
Language eng
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
Socio Economic Objective 940402 Crime Prevention
HERDC Research category A6.1 Research report/technical paper
Copyright notice ©2008, Australian Crime Commission
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065115

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