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Barriers to Accessing Treatment Services: Child Victims of Youths with Problematic Sexual Behavior

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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Volume: 18 Issue: 10 Dated: 2021
Date Published

Since at least a third of child sexual abuse (CSA) cases are committed by another youth, understanding the process of identifying and addressing the needs of CSA victims of youth is the focus of the present study.


Child sexual abuse (CSA) remains a significant public health problem. Although the deleterious effects on the child victims could be mitigated through evidence-based interventions, victims often fail to be identified and receive clinical assessment and therapy services, particularly when they have been victimized by another youth. In the current study, factors that impact services for child victims of youths with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) were examined through qualitative interviews (N = 226) with mental health agency administrators, direct service providers, and community stakeholders from eight geographically diverse communities across the United States. Responses focused on macro-level and micro-level barriers to the identification and service provision for child victims of PSB of youths. Implications for clinicians and policymakers are discussed, along with strategies to enhance access and provision of services to meet the needs of the child victims. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2021