Persistence of Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children

Persistence of Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children

Persistence of Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children

Persistence of Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Childrens

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Référence bibliographique [10408]

Lévesque, Mireille, Bigras, Marc et Pauzé, Robert. 2012. «Persistence of Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children ». Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, vol. 41, no 2, p. 239-245.

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1. Objectifs

Intentions :
«[I]n the current study, we investigated persistence and change in PSB [problematic sexual behavior] over a 12-month period among 4- to 11-year-old children. We identified the family and personal characteristics associated with concurrent and persistent PSB.» (p 240)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«Despite the exploratory nature of the study, we predicted that extensive exposure to family sexuality and sexual abuse would be positively associated with PSB, both concurrently and over time.» (p. 240)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«We selected children 4 to 11 years old from all new cases referred to CPS of the Province of Quebec (Canada) over a period of 1 year [...]. The overall sample was composed of 239 French-speaking Children […].» (p. 240)

Instruments :

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé

In this study, «[w]e found a significant proportion (43%) of children who persisted with PSB over a 12-month period. Although many children desisted from PSB after 1 year, we do not know if the desistance rate will rise going forward or not. Future studies should definitely follow the progression of PSB over a longer period. A major contribution of our study is to provide a better indication of the children with PSB for whom an intervention would be a priority in CPS [Child Protective Services], specifically those who live in a sexualized family environment and those who present EP [externalizing problems] and somatic complaints. Identifying children at risk for persistent PSB would avert more victimization at an early stage on other children. Our study has the merit of revealing greater exposure to sexualized behaviors in the family environment to be a predictor of PSB persistence and identifying concurrent factors associated with persistent PSB after 1 year, namely, somatic complaints and EP. The influence of somatic complaints on PSB persistence needs to be further investigated as well. Finally, it might be worthwhile to assess children referred to CPS and mental health services for PSB as a matter of routine protocol.» (p. 244)