Abstract: My Body is My Body: Preventative Measures of Child Sexual Abuse and Associated High Risk Behavior
Mentor: Dorothy Munson, Ph.D., Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology
My research focuses on the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), how it occurs, and the steps necessary to protect children. The existing research indicates that CSA leads to high-risk behavior in adolescent and adult years. The method used in this study was a comprehensive literature review critically analyzing the preventive measures of child sexual abuse that currently exist. A need exists for programs and interventions to mitigate high-risk adolescent behavior that often result from CSA. This study reiterates that prevention programs are necessary to help children, adolescents, and adults understand what sexual abuse is, and how it can be avoided. I anticipate that a key dimension of effective prevention programs will be the need for developmentally appropriate materials and interventions for children used in conjunction with adult prevention programs. It is likely that a considerable amount of time should be taken to develop programs that are rich in content, easily understood, and remembered by children and adults across varying cognitive developmental stages.
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