Mother-child communication about sexual abuse prevention

Walsh, Kerryann M., Brandon, Leisa, & Chirio, lisa (2012) Mother-child communication about sexual abuse prevention. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21(4), pp. 399-421.

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Two hundred and twelve Australian mothers completed an online survey examining features of mother-child communication about child sexual abuse prevention. Two-thirds (67.5%) of respondents had discussed child sexual abuse prevention with their children. Proportions of mothers talking with their children about child sexual abuse prevention varied according to age range (highest for mothers with children aged 5-12 years) and only child status (lowest for mothers of only children). The number of topics discussed with their children differed according to child gender (greater number of topics discussed by mothers with both girls and boys) and age range (greater number of topics discussed by mothers with children aged 5-12 years). These findings provide new insights into mother-child communication about child sexual abuse prevention.

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ID Code: 51013
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: sexual abuse prevention, sex education, parent-child communication,, sexuality education, sexual socialization
DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2012.675424
ISSN: 1053-8712
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Gender Sexuality and Education (130308)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Copyright Statement: "This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the [Journal of Child Sexual Abuse] [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:"
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 22:30
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 17:07

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