TITLE

Patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse

AUTHOR(S)
Collings, Steven J.; Griffiths, Sacha; Kumalo, Mandisa
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
South African Journal of Psychology;Jun2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p270
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examined patterns of disclosure in a sample of 1 737 cases of child sexual abuse (1 614 girls and 123 boys) reported in the North Durban policing area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, during the period January 2001 to December 2003. A content analysis of disclosure patterns identified two broad dimensions of disclosure (Agency: child-initiated disclosure versus detection by a third party, and Temporal duration: an event versus a process); with these disclosure dimensions defining four discrete categories of disclosure: purposeful disclosure (30% of cases), indirect disclosure (9% of cases), eyewitness detection (18% of cases), and accidental detection (43% of cases). A multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that disclosure patterns were independently predicted by the victim's age, the nature of the victim-perpetrator relationship, the offender's age, the frequency of abuse, and reporting latency. The implications of the findings for primary prevention, forensic interviewing practice, and future research are discussed in detail.
ACCESSION #
20725200

 

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