Identifying the characteristics of child sexual abuse cases associated with the child or child's parents withdrawing the complaint

Christensen, Larissa S., Sharman, Stefanie J. and Powell, Martine B. 2016, Identifying the characteristics of child sexual abuse cases associated with the child or child's parents withdrawing the complaint, Child abuse and neglect, vol. 57, pp. 53-60, doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.05.004.

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Title Identifying the characteristics of child sexual abuse cases associated with the child or child's parents withdrawing the complaint
Author(s) Christensen, Larissa S.
Sharman, Stefanie J.ORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie J. orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-047X
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Journal name Child abuse and neglect
Volume number 57
Start page 53
End page 60
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 1873-7757
Keyword(s) Attrition
Case characteristics
Case-tracking
Child sexual abuse
Complaint withdrawal
Criminal justice system
Social Sciences
Family Studies
Psychology, Social
Social Work
Psychology
DISCLOSURE
VICTIMS
Summary Most child sexual abuse cases do not result in a full trial or guilty plea; rather, case attrition occurs at earlier stages of the criminal justice system. One reason for the attrition of these cases is the withdrawal of complaints, by children or their caregivers. The aim of the current study was to determine the case characteristics associated with complaint withdrawal in child sexual abuse cases by the child or his or her parents once a report has been made to authorities. All child sexual abuse incidents reported to authorities in one jurisdiction of Australia in 2011 were analyzed (N=659). A multinomial logistic regression was used to predict the following case outcomes: (1) withdrawn by the child or his or her parents, (2) exited for other reasons (e.g., the alleged offender was not identified, the child refused to be interviewed), and (3) resulted in a charge. Five predictors significantly added to the prediction of case outcome: child age, suspect gender, suspect age, child-suspect relationship, and abuse frequency. These results should contribute to the design of interventions in order to reduce complaint withdrawals if these withdrawals are not in the child's best interests.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.05.004
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
1701 Psychology
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084301

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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