Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children and their Nonoffending Mothers Followed by Child Welfare Services: The Role of a Maternal History of Child Sexual Abuse

Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children and their Nonoffending Mothers Followed by Child Welfare Services: The Role of a Maternal History of Child Sexual Abuse

Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children and their Nonoffending Mothers Followed by Child Welfare Services: The Role of a Maternal History of Child Sexual Abuse

Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children and their Nonoffending Mothers Followed by Child Welfare Services: The Role of a Maternal History of Child Sexual Abuses

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Référence bibliographique [19469]

Baril, Karine, Tourigny, Marc, Paillé, Pierre et Pauzé, Robert. 2016. «Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children and their Nonoffending Mothers Followed by Child Welfare Services: The Role of a Maternal History of Child Sexual Abuse ». Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, vol. 25, no 5, p. 504-523.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The purpose of this study is to compare characteristics of mother–child dyads of sexually abused children aged 3–17 years old from a representative sample of families who are receiving child welfare services in the province of Quebec (Canada) depending on maternal history of CSA [child sexual abuse].» (p. 505)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«[W]e focused on sexually abused children and adolescents from 3 to 18 years old and their mothers (n = 87).» (p. 507)

Instruments :
- Guide d’entretien semi-directif
- Questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«[T]he presence of maternal CSA suggests distinct clinical needs both for the child and the mother. The current study is one of the few to have assessed children who have experienced CSA according to whether their mothers also reported CSA. Our results show that among mother–child dyads of sexually abused children receiving child welfare services, intergenerational cycle group membership was associated with lower levels of functioning among mothers and children, including more adjustment problems. Thus, even within a population drawn from child welfare services and known to exhibit high needs, only CSA history in mother forecasts greater needs for sexually abused children and their mothers. These findings extend the existing knowledge on the characteristics of sexually abused children and their mothers who are followed by child welfare services.» (p. 520)