Ethics and issues of secondary prevention efforts in child sexual abuse

McCartan, Kieran F., Merdian, Hannah Lena, Perkins, Derek and Kettleborough, Danielle (2018) Ethics and issues of secondary prevention efforts in child sexual abuse. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62 (9). pp. 2548-2566. ISSN 0306-624X

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This article discusses the ethical, practical, and moral issues surrounding secondary prevention efforts of child sexual abuse from a professional and practice-based perspective. Transcripts of a semistructured consultation event with n = 15 international experts on the secondary prevention of child sexual abuse were analysed using thematic qualitative analysis. The research identified four main critical areas linked to secondary prevention efforts, including, the psychology of self-reporting and disclosure; the interaction with and within existing legal, social, and professional frameworks; the scale and type of an appropriate response; and potential hurdles (i.e., within media, public, politics). The article outlines these areas, highlighting participant perspectives on risk-enhancing and mitigating factors for each domain.

Keywords:child sexual exploitation, ethics, professional decision-making
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:06 Mar 2018 08:47

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