ERIC Number: ED361642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-23
A Review of the Literature on Inappropriate Sexual Contact Between Children: Description, Family Dynamics, and Effects.
This paper reviews the research literature from 1972 to 1990 relative to inappropriate sexual contact between children. Because of the difficulty in making a clear comparison between studies, the normal child sexual development literature was reviewed to establish a baseline for determining the nature of inappropriate sexual interactions between children and a definition of inappropriate contact was developed which synthesized common elements in definitions used by investigators who have previously conducted research in this area. The prevalence and impact of inappropriate sexual contact between children is established in a review of the relevant empirical studies. The dynamics operating in sibling incest families are identified as are common behavioral patterns that have been observed in such families. It is noted that, despite the lack of breadth and range of studies, most researchers agree that inappropriate sexual interactions between children may cause significant dysfunction for the victims. Additionally, variables which impact treatment and the various treatment approaches currently in use are considered, and treatment recommendations are offered. Overall, the review reinforces the notion that inappropriate sexual contact between children can have significant, long-term detrimental effects on the child perpetrator as well as on the child victim. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.