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Minerva Pediatrica 2015 February;67(1):91-7

Copyright © 2015 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Child sexual abuse: a review of the recent literature

Ben Natan M. 1, 2

1 Pat Matthews School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel; 2 Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University, Israel


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Research of child sexual abuse has considerably evolved and continues to evolve exponentially. Professionals in various fields are required to be updated in the latest guidelines in practice, as well as in research. The present paper summarizes the most recent scientific literature on child sexual abuse, mainly systematic reviews and meta-analyses, focusing on central issues, namely, the international prevalence of the phenomenon, its negative consequences, and the offender’s characteristics; referring to the potential victim’s profile. Finally, the paper summarizes the recent recommendations and implications for practice and research in child sexual abuse.

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