Explaining lower rates of sexual abuse in China

Finkelhor, David, Ji, Kai, Mikton, Christopher, & Dunne, Michael (2013) Explaining lower rates of sexual abuse in China. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37(10), pp. 852-860.

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Abstract

Accumulating research suggests that rates of child sexual abuse are comparatively low in China. This commentary is an effort to evaluate whether it reflects a true lower prevalence or alternatively the effect of inhibited disclosure by victims. We conclude that while some estimates have almost certainly been affected by inhibited disclosure, the overall magnitude of the contrast between Chinese and international rates, particularly for girls, and its consistency with other indicators do suggest a true lower prevalence, although the evidence is equivocal. We discuss some factors that could account for such lower rates including Confucian family values, definitions of masculinity and a collectivist culture that may be protective.

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ID Code: 77270
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: article, child sexual abuse, China, Chinese, crime, cultural factor, human, interpersonal communication, masculinity, maturity, prevalence, sex difference, social desirability, victim
DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.07.006
ISSN: 0145-2134
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2014 07:04
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2015 02:02

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