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Their children's first educators : parents' views about child sexual abuse prevention education

Walsh, Kerryann M. & Brandon, Leisa (2012) Their children's first educators : parents' views about child sexual abuse prevention education. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(5), pp. 734-746.

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Abstract

In this descriptive focus group study, we investigated parents’ views about child sexual abuse prevention education at home and in schools. Focus groups were conducted with a sample of 30 Australian adults who identified as the parent or caregiver of a child/children aged 0–5 years.

The study explored

(1) parents’ knowledge about child sexual abuse prevention, (2) the child sexual abuse prevention messages they provided to their children and the topics they discussed, (3) their attitudes towards child sexual abuse prevention education in schools, and (4) their preferences for content.

Data analysis provided seven key themes in these four areas:

knowledge (the inadequacy of their own prevention education; and how important is stranger danger now?); messages (bodies, touching, and relationships; the role of protective adults; and parent–child communication); attitudes (voice and choice); and preferences (not the nitty gritty, just the basics).

The findings may be useful in assisting school authorities and providers of child sexual abuse prevention programs to better understand parents’ contributions to child sexual abuse prevention education, and their perspectives in relation to provision of school-based prevention programs.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 49416
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Springer OnlineFirst publication
Keywords: Child sexual abuse prevention, Parent-child communication, Parents, Sexuality education, Focus groups
DOI: 10.1007/s10826-011-9526-4
ISSN: 1573-2843
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2012 13:16
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2013 10:11

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