ERIC Number: ED328921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Factors Facilitating the Disclosure of Sexual Abuse by Children and Adolescents.
Mont'Ros-Mendoza, Theresa; Hecht, Michael L.
A study was conducted to apply and test a model of privacy regulation and disclosure of risky, private information such as sexual abuse. Eight sexually abused children and adolescents, each of whom had initiated disclosure, were interviewed about the disclosure process. A two-part interview was constructed based on the findings in the literature review which identified: (1) boundary conditions based on the person-environment fit; and (2) relational factors that either facilitate or inhibit disclosure. Findings related to boundary conditions suggest that the most conducive environment for disclosure is when the survivor is alone with a peer or trusted friend in a setting outside the home. Findings related to relational factors suggest that the rule in selecting a target person and in weighing risks is embodied within the expectations of friendship. Results indicated that the model was effective in framing an understanding of abuse victims' privacy decisions. However, the factors, while similar to those used by other children and adolescents, reflected different emphases. (One figure is included. Three notes and 70 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association (75th, San Francisco, CA, November 18-21, 1989).