ERIC Number: ED303728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-10
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What Educators Need To Know about Child Abuse.
Heath, Kathleen C.; Irvine, Donald W.
The problem of child sexual abuse has gained an increasing amount of national attention in the past decade. Intra-familial sexual relations, incest, appears to be the predominant form of child sexual abuse. Seventy to 80 percent of sexual abuse occurs with affinity systems--families, relatives, friends, and neighbors. Child sexual abuse has been defined as "contacts or interactions between a child and an adult in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or another individual." Researchers have concluded that psychological effects of sexual abuse are harmful to the child victim. Due to the seriousness of psychological symptoms which victims experience, the need for effective treatment has been recognized and a variety of treatment approaches have been developed recently. Behavioral techniques, family systems approach, group therapy for victims, and all treatment modalities such as individual, group, family, and support groups are noted in the literature. No matter how consistently and conscientiously a child is supervised and protected a child must increasingly contribute to his or her own safety by learning to recognize and to deal appropriately with persons and circumstances which may indicate danger. In the last few years, there has been impressive progress in recognizing, understanding, and preventing child sexual abuse. However, it is vital to the well-being of our society that educators and parents continue their efforts to eradicate this and all other forms of child abuse and neglect. (ABL)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Children, Counseling, Family Problems, Prevention, Sexual Abuse
Donald W. Irvine, Behavioral Studies and Educational Technology Dept., I.L.B. 425, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688 (1 copy free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Louisville, KY, November 8-11, 1988).