Bookcover of The Unacknowledged Cost of Child Sexual Abuse
Booktitle:

The Unacknowledged Cost of Child Sexual Abuse

Psychological experiences of guardians of survivors of sexually abused children in Lusaka, Zambia

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2014-10-27 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-659-62680-7

ISBN-10:
3659626805
EAN:
9783659626807
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Researchers have for long recognised that caregiver’s support for the survivor of child sexual abuse provides an effective platform for his/her recovery in mental health and functioning. However, there appears to be psychological impairment of caregivers’ parental functioning when a case of CSA breaks. This study investigated psychological experiences of both male and female caregivers of survivors of CSA who reported the abuse to authorities in Lusaka, Zambia. It was revealed that caregivers undergo distressful psychological changes upon learning of the abuse of their children, more so for female than male caregivers. The common symptomalogy of the distress included depression, sleeplessness, functional impairment, fear and anxiety, anger, grief, stigma and shame. Some caregivers apportioned blame to their children and were hostile toward them. The older the child, the more hostile the caregivers tended to be. Evidence of physical force and physical injuries was found to be associated with caregiver’s heightened psychosocial support for the survivor. The key recommendation is that interventions following an incident of CSA be targeted at both survivors and their caregivers.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Wilson Zimba
Number of pages:
136
Published on:
2014-10-27
Stock:
Available
Category:
Psychology
Price:
61.90 €
Keywords:
Zambia, Lusaka, Cost of Child Sexual Abuse, Psychological experiences of guardians, survivors of sexually abused children

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