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Child Sexual Abuse Among Polish Adult Population: Prevalence and Abuse Characteristics

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dc.contributor.author Guziak, M. A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-08T19:59:59Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-08T19:59:59Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Guziak, M. A. (2020). Child Sexual Abuse Among Polish Adult Population: Prevalence and Abuse Characteristics. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://psyarxiv.com/bpk7v/download?format=pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4860
dc.description.abstract The present study aimed to consolidate on and expand on existing knowledge on the issue of child sexual abuse (CSA) by identifying the prevalence of and characteristics of CSA among Polish adult population with inclusion of other gender identities and socio-­‐demographic characteristics. A cross-­‐sectional study was performed, using a self-­‐reporting, anonymous, questionnaire. Data were analyzed by frequency/percentages, using SPSS software. A total of 234 individuals of various gender identity (male, female, non-­‐binary, demigirl, agender, gender fluid) participated in the study (Mage = 22.52, SD = 6.65). The results indicate a 39.7% (N = 93) prevalence of CSA in the tested Polish population. Of the total sample, 13.2% knew other 3 or more individuals who suffered from CSA, 14.5% knew other 2 persons, and 26.1% knew one individual. Of the abused participants, 36.5% was of intra-­‐ and extrafamilial (51.6%) nature, whilst 11.8% experienced both. The mean age the first abuse occurred was 9.20 (SD = 3.43). The duration of CSA varied: 2 weeks up to 8 years. The most common type of violation was fondling (91.4%) and other sexual activities, excluding penetration (62.4%). All of the CSA victims experienced at least 2 types of sexual violation. The overall prevalence found in the current study was higher than expected, suggesting that victims may currently be more likely to self-­‐report on CSA experiences, as majority of respondents, more than 80%, are in the 18-­‐30 age group. It is suggested that there is a greater need for understating the scale of CSA in Poland and for inclusion of other gender identities in the research on this topic. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Lost Childhood Association en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Poland en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject prevalence en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Child Sexual Abuse Among Polish Adult Population: Prevalence and Abuse Characteristics en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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