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Child Sexual Abuse
A look at how childhood sexual abuse can affect an adult's working ability.
# 106655 | 1,727 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 11, 2008 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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This work discusses the subject of child sexual abuse (CSA) and serves as a review of literature, specifically one particular piece that deals with child sexual abuse. The literature is a contemporary research article involving the reporting of CSA and work ability and functioning as an adult. The work will briefly introduce the concepts of CSA and its controversies and commonalities and will then move on to review S. J. Lee and R.M. Tolman's 2006 article "Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Work Outcomes".

From the Paper:

"The development of tougher laws and responsibilities regarding the incidence of child sexual abuse has often been associated with an evolution in the ideas of the potential and real long term effects of child sexual abuse on victim survivors. (Najman, Dunne, Purdie, Boyle & Coxeter, 2005, p. 517) For many years there has been a research movement that attempted to demonstrate long lasting negative effects of CSA among adult survivors of CSA, to both underscore and under gird the need for tougher laws, greater enforcement and increased responsibility for reporting among professionals. In general the law has begun to demonstrate a zero tolerance policy regarding CSA and has increased and leveled out the sentencing of convicted offenders, through minimum mandatory sentencing. (Cassell, 2004, p. 1017) Changes in public opinion regarding CSA have had a significant impact on incidence reporting which in all accords has increased, creating a sense that incidence has increased substantially in the last 30 or so years. The claim that CSA has increased in incidence is therefore an unknown element of modern life, as we do not know if it has increased, decreased or leveled out at a norm, as reporting has spiked incidence to relatively epidemic like levels. (Bolen, 2003, p. 174) What we do know is that reports are increasing in number and that CSA occurs and it occurs frequently."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bolen, R. M. (2003). Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention or Promotion?. Social Work, 48(2), 174.
  • Cassell, P. G. (2004). Too Severe? A Defense of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Stanford Law Review, 56(5), 1017.
  • Lee, S. J., & Tolman, R. M. (2006). Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Work Outcomes. Social Work Research, 30(2), 83.
  • Najman, J. M., Dunne, M. P., Purdie, D. M., Boyle, F. M., & Coxeter, P. D. (2005). Sexual Abuse in Childhood and Sexual Dysfunction in Adulthood: An Australian Population-Based Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34(5), 517.
  • Schwartz, M. F. (2005). Critical Issues in Child Sexual Abuse: Historical, Legal, and Psychological Perspectives. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34(5), 593.

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