Sexual abuse in the national incidence study of child abuse and neglect: An appraisal

The National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect was a major, government sponsored effort to collect data on reported and unreported child abuse

David Finkelhor

2002

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  • The National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect was a major, government sponsored effort to collect data on reported and unreported child abuse
  • The study limited its definition of sexual abuse only to cases where a caretaker was the perpetrator, a definition that is much more restrictive than what is used in many treatment programs
  • The data on perpetrators has a number of problems that stem from the study's definitions of sexual abuse
  • This study was made possible with funds from the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect under grant 90-CA840/01
  • The authors thank John Byrne and Dennis Redfield for help in the data analysis and Ruth Miller and Elaine Hashem for help in preparing the manuscript, and Kenneth Burgdorf, Joseph Wechsler and members of the Family Violence Research Seminar at the University of New Hampshire for very helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper. This is one of a series of articles on sexual abuse and family violence published by the Family Violence Research Program
  • A list of publications can be obtained by contacting the Program Administrator

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