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 Ecuador 2019-04-22T11:37:01-06:00

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 referrals 2019-04-22T11:18:41-06:00

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 Arabia 2019-04-22T11:52:26-06:00

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 2019-02-14T12:18:01-06:00

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 2019-02-14T12:10:26-06:00

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 2019-02-14T12:11:33-06:00

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 2018-11-01T15:07:46-06:00

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 2018-11-01T14:51:52-06:00

August: 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 [...]

August: From mother to child: Maternal betrayal trauma and risk for maltreatment and psychopathology in the next generation 2019-04-13T15:53:15-06:00

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 2018-07-18T08:37:41-06:00