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Speaking With and Without Words—An Analysis of Foster Children’s Expressions and Behaviors That Are Suggestive of Prior Sexual Abuse

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dc.contributor.author Wubs, D., Batstra, L., & Grietens, H. W.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-30T15:45:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-30T15:45:38Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Wubs, D., Batstra, L., & Grietens, H. W. (2017). Speaking With and Without Words—An Analysis of Foster Children’s Expressions and Behaviors That Are Suggestive of Prior Sexual Abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 1-18. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10538712.2017.1390716?needAccess=true
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3619
dc.description.abstract This exploratory study reports on foster children’s informal selfdisclosures of previously unknown histories of sexual abuse. Data were collected from 40 children’s files, and an inductive thematic analysis of verbal and behavioral expressions was conducted. Findings suggest that foster children’s self-disclosures can be fragmented, spontaneous, narrative, or triggered and often occur during everyday activities in the foster family. The children disclose their past by referring to the perpetrator or the severity of the abuse or by acting out, mostly by reenacting sexual abuse experiences. In addition, some children use childish vocabulary focusing on genitals or sexual acts they were involved in or want to be involved in. Last, some foster children seem to be linguistically challenged to disclose that a female person abused them or that they were forced to reciprocate sexually. This study adds to the understanding of the complex process of child sexual abuse disclosure in the context of foster care. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject non-verbal behavior en_US
dc.subject foster care en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.subject language en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Netherlands en_US
dc.title Speaking With and Without Words—An Analysis of Foster Children’s Expressions and Behaviors That Are Suggestive of Prior Sexual Abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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