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Child sexual abuse in India: A systematic review

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dc.contributor.author Choudhry, V., Dayal, R., Pillai, D., Kalokhe, A. S., Beier, K., & Patel, V.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-19T16:49:24Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-19T16:49:24Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Choudhry, V., Dayal, R., Pillai, D., Kalokhe, A. S., Beier, K., & Patel, V. (2018). Child sexual abuse in India: A systematic review. PloS one, 13(10), e0205086. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0205086
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3975
dc.description.abstract Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a pressing human right issue and public health concern. We conducted a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies published in the past decade on CSA in India to examine the distribution of the prevalence estimates for both genders, to improve understanding of the determinants and consequences of CSA and identify gaps in the current state of research. Methods For this systematic review, we searched electronic literature databases (PubMed, POPLINE, and PsycINFO) for articles published in English on Child Sexual Abuse in India between January 1, 2006 and January 1, 2016 using 55 search terms. Data were extracted from published articles only. Findings Fifty-one studies met inclusion criteria for the review. The review indicates that prevalence rates of CSA is high among both boys and girls in India. Due to heterogeneity of study designs and lack of standardised assessments, reported prevalence estimates varied greatly among both genders in different studies. There is a need to conduct representative studies using a validated instrument to obtain valid epidemiological estimates. Commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, and women with psychiatric disorders were at higher risks for sexual abuse during childhood. In addition, the synthesis of qualitative data across studies included in the review suggests that exposure and perpetration of CSA is a multifaceted phenomenon grounded in the interplay between individual, family, community, and societal factors. The review indicates poor physical, behavioural, social, and mental health outcomes of CSA in India. We conclude with a research agenda calling for quantitative and qualitative studies to explore the determinants and perpetration of child sexual abuse in India from an ecological lens. This research agenda may be necessary to inform the development of a culturally tailored primary prevention and treatment strategy for CSA victims in India. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher PLoS One en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject India en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject prevalence rates en_US
dc.title Child sexual abuse in India: A systematic review en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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