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ERIC Number: EJ1137166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
School Nurses Avoid Addressing Child Sexual Abuse
Engh Kraft, Lisbet; Rahm, GullBritt; Eriksson, Ulla-Britt
Journal of School Nursing, v33 n2 p133-142 Apr 2017
Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a global public health problem with major consequences for the individual child and society. An earlier Swedish study showed that the school nurses did not initially talk about nor mention CSA as one form of child abuse. For the child to receive adequate support, the disclosure is a precondition and is dependent on an available person prepared to listen. The aim of the study was to explore the ability of the school nurses to detect and support sexually abused children. It is a secondary analysis of focus group interviews with school nurses. Thematic analysis was performed. Results showed that the school nurses avoided addressing CSA due to arousal of strong emotions, ambivalence, and a complicated disclosure process. In order to detect CSA and support abused children, attentiveness of sexual abuse as a possible cause of physical and mental ill-health is crucial.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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