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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Guidelines for the School Psychologist

NCJ Number
School Psychology Review Volume: 18 Issue: 3 Dated: (1989) Pages: 371-385
C E Cosentino
Date Published
15 pages
A preventive framework for the management of child sexual abuse is presented with guidelines for use by practicing school psychologists and educators in planning and implementing programs in elementary schools.
Prevalence, dynamics, and psychological consequences of child sexual abuse are covered in a literature review. Preventive programming guidelines are formulated as primary prevention (prevention before the onset of sexual abuse), secondary prevention (early detection and intervention), and tertiary prevention (treatment and remediation for sexually abused children and their families). The strengths, limitations, and possible unintended consequences of school-based programs are critically examined along with guidelines for program evaluation. Annotated bibliography of audiovisual presentations, curricula, books for parents, children and professionals, and support groups for victims of sexual abuse and their families. 68 references. (Author abstract modified)