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Individual, family and abuse characteristics of 700 British child and adolescent sexual abusers

Hackett, Simon, Masson, Helen, Balfe, Myles and Phillips, Josie (2013) Individual, family and abuse characteristics of 700 British child and adolescent sexual abusers. Child Abuse Review. ISSN 0952-9136

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    Abstract

    The individual, family and abuse characteristics of 700 children and young people referred to nine UK services over a nine-year period as a result of their sexually abusive behaviours were examined. The most common age at referral was 15 years, though a third of all referrals related to children aged 13 or under. Thirty-eight percent of the sample was identified as learning disabled. Surprisingly high rates of sexual and non-sexual victimisation were present in the backgrounds of the children and young people referred. A wide range of abusive behaviour was perpetrated with just over half of the sample having penetrated or having attempted to penetrate another individual. Victims were usually known to the abuser but in 75% of cases were not related. Fifty-one percent of the sample abused females only, though 49% had at least one male victim. The implications for policy and practice with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
    Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2012 11:00
    Last Modified: 23 May 2013 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14264

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