• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

A Historical Perspective
A historical perspective

The knowledge that children are on occasion subjected to sexual abuse is not new, and neither are attempts to study such abuse systematically (Hamilton, 1929; Kinsey, Pomeroy, Martin, & Gebhadt, 1953; Landis et al., 1940; Simpson, 1988). What is new is the widespread public awareness of child sexual abuse (CSA) as an all too common event in the lives of children and a belief that such experiences are not only distressing at the time but that they can produce long-term damage and disturbance. The sexual abuse of children is no longer regarded merely as a vice and a product of evil acts, as it was in the 19th century. It has come to be viewed variously as an infringement on ...

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