What can surveillance data and risk factor research contribute to a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse?

Broadley, K 2018, 'What can surveillance data and risk factor research contribute to a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse?', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 372-385.


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Title What can surveillance data and risk factor research contribute to a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse?
Author(s) Broadley, K
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues
Volume number 53
Issue number 4
Start page 372
End page 385
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract The aim of this article was to consider how population-level surveillance data and risk factor research might be applied to a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse. The focus is on the collection of data in relation to ethnicity. By drawing from the four principles approach to ethical decision making developed by Beauchamp and Childress, the expected benefits of data collection are weighed against possible harms to individuals and communities. It concludes that the identification of high-risk groups can inform prioritisation of resources, and the development of context-specific and culturally sensitive child sexual abuse prevention and intervention programmes. However, it is crucial to explain why child sexual abuse is more prevalent in some ethnic communities than others. Explanations about causes can reduce the potential for stigmatisation and marginalisation of individuals and communities, as well as challenge widely held myths about biological determinism and inability to change.
Subject Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) child sexual abuse
ethnicity
prevention
public health
risk
DOI - identifier 10.1002/ajs4.46
Copyright notice © 2018 Australian Social Policy Association
ISSN 0157-6321
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