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Preventing child sexual abuse before it occurs: Examining the scale and nature of secondary public health prevention approaches

Kewley, S, Mhlanga-Gunda, R and Van Hout, MC Preventing child sexual abuse before it occurs: Examining the scale and nature of secondary public health prevention approaches. Journal of Sexual Aggression. ISSN 1355-2600 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Preventing child sexual abuse requires comprehensive multi-agency criminal justice and public health approaches. Yet, marginal attention has been given to secondary prevention strategies that target ‘at risk’ populations. Thus, we carried out a scoping review examining secondary prevention interventions for people at risk of sexual offending by considering their effectiveness, challenges, and barriers. We identified N = 43 sources and completed a qualitative analysis. Our appraisal found five themes: a) essential features needed for secondary prevention programmes (plus summary of interventions); b) barriers to examining, implementing, and accessing secondary prevention programmes; c) methodological limitations; d) the ethical justification; and e) economic benefits for preventing abuse before it occurs. Over the last two decades sources report greater public tolerance to the notion of tackling child sexual abuse using public health prevention approaches. Thus, we call for policy makers to embrace this positive shift and invest resources to further examine this area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Public Health Institute
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 09:56
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 10:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15609

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