Volume 18, Issue 3 (1989)
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Guidelines for the School Psychologist
Clare E. Cosentino
ABSTRACT: The management of child sexual abuse is conceptualized within a preventive framework. Guidelines are presented for practicing school psychologists and,educators to plan and implement sexual abuse prevention programs in elementary schools. The literature is reviewed on prevalence, dynamics, and psychological consequences of child sexual abuse. The guidelines for preventive programming are formulated within the framework of primary prevention (prevention before the onset of sexual abuse), secondary prevention (early detection and intervention) and tertiary prevention (treatment and remediation for sexually abused children and their families). A critical examination of the strengths,limitations, and possible unintended consequences of school-based programs is considered, along with guidelines for program evaluation. An appendix is included which provides an annotated bibliography of audiovisual presentations, curricula,books for parents, children and professionals, and various support groups available to victims of sexual abuse and their families.
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