Malaysian professionals' beliefs in child sexual abuse disclosure

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This study explores factors that influence professionals' belief on child victim's disclosure of sexual abuse. This study was conducted on 18 professionals who worked with child sexual abuse (CSA) cases included counsellors, medical social workers, social workers and police officers. Findings indicate that factors such as victim's age, trauma symptoms, delay disclosures, signs of abuse and corroborate information from others (e.g. family members, schoolmates, friends, teachers) were all influenced professionals beliefs on victim's disclosure. The results also indicate the presence of CSA myths were evident among professionals. This suggests the importance of disseminating accurate information. As such, incorrect beliefs may influence professionals' perceptions and responses to victims' disclosure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-41
Number of pages2
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume12
Issue numberSPL ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child sexual abuse myths
  • Disclosure
  • Professionals' beliefs

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