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Family responses to young people who have sexually abused: anger, ambivalence and acceptance

Hackett, Simon, Balfe, Myles, Masson, Helen and Phillips, Josie (2012) Family responses to young people who have sexually abused: anger, ambivalence and acceptance. Children and Society. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

Data on 117 British young people who had sexually abused others were examined in order to investigate the nature and impact of family responses on the management of young sexual abusers. Parental responses were varied, ranging from being entirely supportive of the child, through to ambivalence and uncertainty and, at the other end of the continuum, to outright rejection. Parents were more likely to be supportive when their child’s victims were extra-familial and condemnatory when the victims were intra-familial. Sibling responses were complex and strongly influenced by whether that sibling was the victim of the young person’s abuse or not. Policy and practice implications 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 10:08
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 00:38
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14265

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