Lessons learned from child sexual abuse research: prevalence, outcomes, and preventive strategies

Collin-Vézina, Delphine; Daigneault, Isabelle; Hébert, Martine
August 2013
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Mental Health;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Although child sexual abuse (CSA) is recognized as a serious violation of human well-being and of the law, no community has yet developed mechanisms that ensure that none of their youth will be sexually abused. CSA is, sadly, an international problem of great magnitude that can affect children of all ages, sexes, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic classes. Upon invitation, this current publication aims at providing a brief overview of a few lessons we have learned from CSA scholarly research as to heighten awareness of mental health professionals on this utmost important and widespread social problem. This overview will focus on the prevalence of CSA, the associated mental health outcomes, and the preventive strategies to prevent CSA from happening in the first place.


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