Professionals’ views on child sexual abuse attrition rates

Christensen, Larissa, Sharman, Stefanie and Powell, Martine 2015, Professionals’ views on child sexual abuse attrition rates, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 542-558, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2014.960036.

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Title Professionals’ views on child sexual abuse attrition rates
Author(s) Christensen, Larissa
Sharman, StefanieORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 542
End page 558
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) agencies
child sexual abuse
child witness
criminal justice system
system improvements
Summary Child sexual abuse cases often do not result in convictions; this attrition is due to factors inside and outside the control of the justice system. The aims of the current study were to: (1) establish the most important factors in contributing to the attrition of child sexual abuse; and (2) suggest ways to reduce the attrition associated with these factors. This study focused on system improvements to determine where efforts should be prioritised. The research approach consisted of in-depth interviews with 31 professionals from various disciplines (including police, judges, child welfare officers, doctors and psychologists). The interviewees represented a diverse group of professionals offering unique perspectives. Thematic analysis revealed five broad areas requiring focus for improvement and further reform: greater specialisation, facilitating the accessibility of services, making the trial process more user-friendly, overcoming misinformed beliefs and adequate representation of child sexual abuse. These areas, along with professionals’ practical recommendations, are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2014.960036
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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