January article: Adults’ recalls of the process towards final CSA disclosure

When child sexual abuse (CSA) is not disclosed, children run the risk of being subjected to longer or repeated abuse, not receiving necessary treatment, and being re-victimized. This study examines what adults exposed to child sexual abuse in hindsight evaluate as important for disclosure. The aim was to explore exposed own experiences of steps towards [...]

January article: Adults’ recalls of the process towards final CSA disclosure 2019-01-11T11:37:51+00:00

December article: The prevalence of child sexual abuse disclosure in forensic settings

Identification, substantiation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse often rely heavily on a disclosure from the victim in the absence of corroborating evidence. For some, disclosure can be impeded by developmental or motivational barriers, which compromises child safety and well-being. This study examines available research on the prevalence of sexual abuse disclosure in forensic [...]

December article: The prevalence of child sexual abuse disclosure in forensic settings 2019-01-11T11:23:56+00:00

November article: Screening for ACEs: Cautions and suggestions

This article by renowned researcher David Finklehor argues that it is still premature to start widespread screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACE) in health care settings until we have answers to several important questions: 1) what are the effective interventions and responses we need to have in place to offer to those with positive ACE screening, [...]

November article: Screening for ACEs: Cautions and suggestions 2019-01-11T11:09:32+00:00

October article: A longitudinal perspective on male victims of child sexual abuse in South Africa and adult mental health

In this study, Richter, Mathews, Nonterah, and Masilela examined childhood sexual abuse of boys in a longitudinal cohort in South Africa, with data on abuse collected at six age points between 11 and 18 years. Potential personal and social vulnerability of male sexual abuse victims was explored and mental health outcomes of sexually abused boys [...]

October article: A longitudinal perspective on male victims of child sexual abuse in South Africa and adult mental health 2018-11-01T15:07:46+00:00

September article: Impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on adult alcohol consumption behaviors

Long-term negative physical and mental health problems occur from a lack of appropriate interventions targeting the adult population who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and partake in risky alcohol consumption behaviors. This study aimed to identify the risk for alcohol consumption behaviors, specifically binge drinking (BD) and any drinking (AD), among adults with a history [...]

September article: Impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on adult alcohol consumption behaviors 2018-11-01T14:51:52+00:00

New August article: From mother to child: Maternal betrayal trauma and risk for maltreatment and psychopathology in the next generation

Abstract: This study by Rebecca L. Babcock Fenerci and Brian Allen investigated whether experiences of high betrayal trauma (BT; maltreatment by a parent/caregiver) during mothers' own childhoods may influence the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment and its associated psychopathology from mothers to their children. A prospective, longitudinal design was utilized to assess maternal physical and sexual betrayal trauma in relation to [...]

New August article: From mother to child: Maternal betrayal trauma and risk for maltreatment and psychopathology in the next generation 2018-07-18T09:28:48+00:00

New July article: Exploring detection of contact vs. fantasy online sexual offenders in chats with minors

Abstract: This study by Ming MingChiu, Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, and Tatiana R. Ringenberg is the first to identify content differences between youths’ online chats with contact child sex offenders (CCSOs; seek to meet with youths) and those with fantasy child sex offenders (FCSOs; do not meet with youths) using statistical discourse analysis (SDA). In this study, we examined 36,029 words in [...]

New July article: Exploring detection of contact vs. fantasy online sexual offenders in chats with minors 2018-07-18T08:37:41+00:00

New April article: What doesn’t kill them doesn’t make them stronger: Questioning our current notions of resilience

Abstract This study by Wassilis Kassis, Sibylle Artz, Ivana Maurovic, and Celeste Simoes expands on earlier analyses of the data generated by a cross-sectional study involving a random sample of 5149 middle-school students with a mean age of 14.5 years from four EU-countries (Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Spain), in which every fourth respondent (23.0%) had been [...]

New April article: What doesn’t kill them doesn’t make them stronger: Questioning our current notions of resilience 2018-04-06T15:10:42+00:00

New March article: Effect of parental neglect on smartphone addiction in adolescents in South Korea

Abstract The purpose of this study by Ju Yeon Kwak, Jae Yop Kim, and Yoe Won Yoon was to investigate the importance of the relationships with parents, peers, and teachers as a cause of adolescents’ smartphone addiction, and to examine the effect of parental neglect on smartphone addiction and the mediating effect of relational maladjustment in [...]

New March article: Effect of parental neglect on smartphone addiction in adolescents in South Korea 2018-04-06T14:49:40+00:00

Paper of the Year 2017: Neighborhood-level Social Processes and Substantiated Cases of Child Maltreatment

Congratulations to Beth Molnar of Northeastern University and her co-authors for winning Paper of the Year in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. Their 2016 study looked at a variety of neighborhood data in Chicago to reveal consistent associations between social processes and child maltreatment. Neighborhoods with higher collective efficacy, stronger social networks, and [...]

Paper of the Year 2017: Neighborhood-level Social Processes and Substantiated Cases of Child Maltreatment 2018-02-06T14:34:50+00:00