Sh-h-h-h : representations of perpetrators of sexual child abuse in picturebooks

Lampert, Jo (2012) Sh-h-h-h : representations of perpetrators of sexual child abuse in picturebooks. Sex Education, 12(2), pp. 177-185.

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Children’s picturebooks dealing with the topic of child sexual abuse first appeared in the early 1980s with the aim of addressing the need for age-appropriate texts to teach sexual abuse prevention concepts and to provide support for young children who may be at risk of or have already experienced sexual abuse. Despite the apparent potential of children’s picturebooks to convey child sexual abuse prevention concepts, very few studies have addressed the topic of child sexual abuse in children’s literature. Based on a larger study of 60 picturebooks about sexual child abuse published over the past 25 years, this paper critically examines eight picturebook representations of the perpetrators of sexual child abuse as a way to understand how potentially dangerous adults are explained to the young readers of these texts.

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ID Code: 46565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: picturebooks, sexual child abuse
DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2011.609048
ISSN: 1468-1811
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Sex Education, (in press)]. [Sex Education] is available online at Informaworld.
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2011 23:14
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 08:12

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