This book critically reviews research into child sexual abuse (CSA), and provides a concise and clear guide to current knowledge. The topics covered include: the prevalence of CSA; who molests children; the effects of such abuse, both immediate and long term; the risk factors for abuse; and the influences and interventions that may amplify or ameliorate the impact of CSA on the victim. Areas of debate, such as the false memory syndrome, are approached in terms of the research data relevant to their resolution.
- Chapter 1: A Historical Perspective
- Chapter 2: The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse During Childhood
- Chapter 3: Victims and Perpetrators
- Chapter 4: The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Children
- Chapter 5: The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adults
- Chapter 6: Conclusions, Current Controversies, and Future Directions