December article: Recognizing the Child’s Right to Protection from Physical Violence: An Update on Progress and a Call to Action

For centuries, some level of physical violence against children has been normalized, prescribed and legally justified. It has long been argued that violence is not abusive if it is intended as punishment and does not injure the child physically. This proposition has heavily influenced our language, research methods, and approaches to intervention with the effect [...]

December article: Recognizing the Child’s Right to Protection from Physical Violence: An Update on Progress and a Call to Action2019-12-02T14:26:41-07:00

November article: CAC Intervention with Sibling Sexual Abuse Cases: Cross-Cultural Comparison

Sibling sexual abuse (SSA), despite being a complex phenomenon with potentially significant consequences for all involved, has not received sufficient empirical and clinical attention, and practitioners are therefore often left to cope without appropriate guidance. This study compared staff perspectives and experiences of working with SSA cases across two Child Advocacy Centers (CACs)--one in the [...]

November article: CAC Intervention with Sibling Sexual Abuse Cases: Cross-Cultural Comparison2019-12-02T14:06:06-07:00

October article: The Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program

This invited article, one of several comprising part of a special issue of Child Abuse and Neglect focused on child trafficking and health, describes the Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program (RIP), a Minneapolis-St. Paul based program dedicated to supporting youth aged 12–17 who have run away and experienced sexual violence, including sexual assault and exploitation. It [...]

October article: The Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program2019-10-23T14:06:11-06:00

September article: Factors Associated with the Likelihood of Disclosing CSA Prior to and During a Forensic Interview

Many child sexual abuse (CSA) survivors delay or withhold disclosure of their abuse, even when presenting for formal investigation interviews. This study examined factors that relate to the CSA disclosure process. Participants were CSA victims (N = 1,732) presenting to a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for a forensic interview. Findings included that youth were less [...]

September article: Factors Associated with the Likelihood of Disclosing CSA Prior to and During a Forensic Interview2019-12-02T14:08:20-07:00

August article: Revisiting the link between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual aggression

Childhood maltreatment poses a risk factor for adult sexual aggression among men (including frotteurism, coercion, and rape). This study examined links between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and sexual aggression among 489 adult males, finding stronger links between CSA and sexual aggression indicators than those found for non-sexual abuse (physical abuse, exposure to domestic violence, bullying, [...]

August article: Revisiting the link between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual aggression2019-08-27T15:59:54-06:00

July article: Post-trafficking stressors: The influence of hopes, fears and expectations on the mental health of young trafficking survivors in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Human trafficking and labor exploitation are prevalent in Southeast Asia and have substantial health consequences for children and adolescents.  This study interviewed more than 500 children and adolescents (10-19 years old) who attended post-trafficking services between 2010-2013 in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, to examine post-trafficking concerns and hopes for the future with mental health outcomes, [...]

July article: Post-trafficking stressors: The influence of hopes, fears and expectations on the mental health of young trafficking survivors in the Greater Mekong Sub-region2019-07-12T10:07:11-06:00

June article: Mental health of children exposed to intimate partner violence (Brazil)

Exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) is an important adverse childhood experience, but there are few longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries. This study by Pereira Silva et al. evaluated 614 mother-child pairs in a poor urban district in northeastern Brazil to learn about the consequences of exposure to IPV for a child’s mental [...]

June article: Mental health of children exposed to intimate partner violence (Brazil)2019-06-19T07:31:06-06:00

May article: Evaluation of a school-based CSA prevention program in Ecuador

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a complex public health problem that has lifelong implications for children’s well-being. Interventions may provide children strategies to protect themselves against CSA, but few have been studied in Latin America. Bustamante et al. evaluated the impact of a 10-week educational program on the knowledge of CSA self-protection strategies among elementary [...]

May article: Evaluation of a school-based CSA prevention program in Ecuador2019-04-22T11:37:01-06:00

April article: Verbal abuse and newborn hearing screening referrals

This study, part of the ongoing, nationwide Japan Environment and Children's Study on environmental factors and children's health and well-being, examined the relationship between intimate partner verbal abuse during pregnancy and newborn hearing screening (NHS) referral, which indicates immature or impaired auditory function. Komori et al. found that, among nearly 80,000 mother-infant pairs, NHS referrals [...]

April article: Verbal abuse and newborn hearing screening referrals2019-04-22T11:18:41-06:00

March article: Long-term consequences of child sexual abuse in Saudi Arabia

This article summarizes results of a national study on the prevalence of different forms of child sexual abuse and its impact on chronic diseases, mental health disorders, and health-risk behaviors among adults in Saudi Arabia. Based on a cross-sectional, national survey of adults utilizing the Adverse Childhood Experiences International Questionnaire (ACE-IQ), researcher Maha Almuneef found CSA [...]

March article: Long-term consequences of child sexual abuse in Saudi Arabia2019-04-22T11:52:26-06:00