How parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse: a grounded theory

Babatsikos, Georgia and Miles, Debra 2015, How parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse: a grounded theory, Journal of child sexual abuse, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 55-76, doi: 10.1080/10538712.2015.981352.

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Title How parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse: a grounded theory
Author(s) Babatsikos, Georgia
Miles, Debra
Journal name Journal of child sexual abuse
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 76
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1547-0679
Keyword(s) Australia
child sexual abuse
early intervention
grounded theory
social constructivism
Summary The aim of this study is to understand how parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse, including prevention as well as early intervention and detection strategies. Using a social constructivist theoretical foundation and grounded theory methods, qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with Australian parents between 2006 and 2008. Based on the data, a balance theory was developed, which explains how parents attempt to balance the type of information given to children in order to protect their children from sexual abuse without scaring them as well as how parents manage sexual boundary crossing incidents experienced by their children in the context of complex social relationships. Implications for prevention programs as well as reporting of child sexual abuse are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10538712.2015.981352
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1607 Social Work
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population 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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