In the battle against family sexual abuse, most studies and research findings have examined the problem on a national level--but what about the studies that have been done at the local level? With contributions from practitioners and researchers, Family Sexual Abuse deftly explores the results of eleven research projects covering such issues as sibling incest, the background of sexual offenders, effects of sexual abuse on children, effects of offender removal from the home, effects of reunification, and the prognosis for incest offenders after treatment. While large, national studies provide information on major trends in family sexual abuse, this five-year look at Minnesota studies reflects the real impact of interventions in the context of local practitioners dealing with local problems. As such, these studies clearly demonstrate ...
Chapter 6: Resilience and the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Sexual Abuse
Resilience and the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Sexual Abuse
Why some people maltreated in childhood become perpetrators of child sexual abuse and others from similar backgrounds do not is a question with important theoretical and practical implications. This chapter is a report of research in progress. The research involves comparing developmental patterns of men known to have abused children sexually with others from similar backgrounds who are not known to have committed such acts. Such comparisons can help us to understand which factors might be specific to child molesters and which are not. Understanding such factors can contribute to prevention of abuse.
Defining Child Sexual Abuse
For this research, child sexual abuse is defined in detail as follows: