ERIC Number: ED312529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
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The Representation of Psychology in the Child Sexual Abuse Literature: An Analysis and Bibliography.
Kurkjian, Jayne A.; Scotti, Joseph R.
It has been estimated that 20 to 38% of females and 10% of males have been sexually abused prior to age 18. This study reviewed the treatment literature to determine any differential interests in the topic of child sexual abuse across the disciplines of social work, psychology, psychiatry, and medicine. Ten professional journals, considered representative of these four disciplines or likely to contain a high frequency of articles on sexual abuse, were reviewed for articles relevant to child or adolescent sexual abuse. Articles addressing sexual abuse were reviewed for professional affiliation of the senior author; signs, symptoms, and effects of ongoing or past abuse; and treatment approaches. One issue from each volume of each journal was also randomly selected to gather baseline data on professional disciplines of all authors publishing in that journal. A total of 118 articles focusing directly on the signs, symptoms, effects, and treatment of child sexual abuse were found. A total of 1,327 articles were sampled to form the baseline for professional disciplines. The findings from chi-square analyses revealed a differential responsiveness to sexual abuse across professional disciplines. Articles from psychiatry and medicine were represented in the child abuse literature to the same degree as they were represented in the literature in general. Social work contributed 12% of the articles in the baseline sample and almost 33% of the sexual abuse papers reviewed. Psychology provided 38% of articles in the baseline sample, but only 18% of the sexual abuse articles. (Tables are included which list signs and symptoms of ongoing abuse, signs and symptoms of past abuse, parental signs of child sexual abuse, and therapeutic interventions described in the sample. Two bibliographies are included: one lists the 118 articles reviewed in the study, the other lists 85 related references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis (12th, Milwaukee, WI, May 25-28, 1989).