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Gender Differences in Psychosocial Predictors of Attitudes Toward Reporting Child Sexual Abuse in the United Kingdom.

Humphries, RL and Debowska, A and Boduszek, D and Mattison, ML (2016) Gender Differences in Psychosocial Predictors of Attitudes Toward Reporting Child Sexual Abuse in the United Kingdom. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25 (3). pp. 293-309. ISSN 1053-8712

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Abstract

There is a dearth of research investigating psychosocial correlates of attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse in males and females and a lack of such studies drawing on participants from the United Kingdom. Therefore, the main objective of this article is to examine gender differences in social and psychological predictors of attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse. Participants drawn from the United Kingdom general population were recruited via an opportunistic sampling method. Cross-sectional design using a self-report questionnaire was utilized. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed that social support, masculinity, and age form significant associations with attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse in females (total variance explained by the model was 25%). In the male sample, the only significant predictor of attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse was interpersonal manipulation (total variance explained by the model was 9%). This study provides an important insight into psychosocial barriers and facilitators to reporting child sexual abuse. Such knowledge is crucial for the early detection and prevention of abuse.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Child Sexual Abuse on 02/05/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10538712.2016.1133752
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1607 Social Work, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 10:26
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 15:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/10538712.2016.1133752
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4113

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