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Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse in the Nordic Countries: A Literature Review
University of Bergen, Norway.
Uni Research Heatlh, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping.
Sogn og Fjordane University of Coll, Norway.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, ISSN 1053-8712, E-ISSN 1547-0679, Vol. 25, no 1, 37-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This review examined child sexual abuse in the Nordic countries focusing on prevalence rates and victims age and relationship to the perpetrator. The results show a prevalence of child sexual abuse (broadly defined) between 3-23% for boys and 11-36% for girls. The prevalence rates for contact abuse were 1-12% for boys and 6-30% for girls, while 0.3-6.8% of the boys and 1.1-13.5% of the girls reported penetrating abuse. The findings suggest an increased risk of abuse from early adolescence. In adolescence, peers may constitute the largest group of perpetrators. The results highlight the need for preventive efforts also targeting peer abuse. Future research should include cross-national and repeated studies using comparable methodology.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 37-55 p.
Keyword [en]
Adolescence; childhood; incest; peer sexual abuse; perpetrator; sexual victimization; systematic review
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Clinical Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127061DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2015.1108944ISI: 000372086900003PubMedID: 26809050OAI: diva2:919378
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-13

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Division of Neuro and Inflammation ScienceFaculty of Medicine and Health SciencesDepartment of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping
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