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The Prevalence of Unfounded Suspicions of Child Sexual Abuse in Finland

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dc.contributor.author Korkman, Julia ; Antfolk, Jan ; Fagerlund, Monica ; Santtila, Pekka.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-24T17:08:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-24T17:08:00Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Korkman, Julia ; Antfolk, Jan ; Fagerlund, Monica ; Santtila, Pekka. The Prevalence of Unfounded Suspicions of Child Sexual Abuse in Finland. Nordic Psychology, 71(1), 39-50. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://osf.io/fbshw/download  
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4307
dc.description.abstract Scholars and investigators of child sexual abuse (CSA) have long pointed out that some CSA allegations may be unfounded. However, no population-based estimates of the occurrence of false allegations has previously been undertaken. The present study presents the first population-based prevalence estimates of unfounded allegations of CSA. We analyzed two data collections: first, a representative sample of adolescents (N = 11,364; aged 12 or 15 years), and second, a representative sample of adults (N = 2,484, mean age 34 years). Experiences of CSA were reported by 2.4% of adolescents and 8.9% of adults. Unfounded suspicions of CSA (e.g., someone falsely believing CSA had taken place) were reported by 1.5% of adolescents and 1.9% of adults. Of the unfounded suspicions, 14.5% and 9.1%, for adolescents and adults, respectively, had been reported to the authorities. The prevalence of CSA seems to decrease while more and more allegations reach the authorities. Whereas a low threshold for reporting suspicions of CSA to authorities is in the interest of protecting as many actual CSA victims as possible, more research is needed to separate unfounded vs. founded allegations to minimize the risk of erroneous conclusions in investigations of CSA. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Nordic Psychology en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject incidence en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Finland en_US
dc.subject occurrence en_US
dc.subject attribution en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title The Prevalence of Unfounded Suspicions of Child Sexual Abuse in Finland en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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