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Preventing the Onset of Child Sexual Abuse by Targeting Young Adolescents With Universal Prevention Programming

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dc.contributor.author Letourneau, E. J., Schaeffer, C. M., Bradshaw, C. P., & Feder, K. A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-08T16:37:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-08T16:37:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Letourneau, E. J., Schaeffer, C. M., Bradshaw, C. P., & Feder, K. A. (2017). Preventing the onset of child sexual abuse by targeting young adolescents with universal prevention programming. Child maltreatment, 22(2), 100-111. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5523139/pdf/nihms874124.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3596
dc.description.abstract Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a serious public health problem that increases risk for physical and mental health problems across the life course. Young adolescents are responsible for a substantial portion of CSA offending, yet to our knowledge, no validated prevention programs that target CSA perpetration by youth exist. Most existing efforts to address CSA rely on reactive criminal justice policies or programs that teach children to protect themselves; neither approach is well validated. Given the high rates of desistance from sexual offending following a youth’s first CSA-related adjudication, it seems plausible that many youth could be prevented from engaging in their first offense. The goal of this article is to examine how school-based universal prevention programs might be used to prevent CSA perpetrated by adolescents. We review the literature on risk and protective factors for CSA perpetration and identify several promising factors to target in an intervention. We also summarize the literature on programs that have been effective at preventing adolescent dating violence and other serious problem behaviors. Finally, we describe a new CSA prevention program under development and early evaluation and make recommendations for program design characteristics, including unambiguous messaging, parental involvement, multisession dosage, skills practice, and bystander considerations. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Child Maltreatment en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject model program en_US
dc.subject review en_US
dc.title Preventing the Onset of Child Sexual Abuse by Targeting Young Adolescents With Universal Prevention Programming en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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